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Craven Cottage (ATT 25,692) 21st January 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Mason

Fulham Fulham vs Newcastle United Newcastle

Fulham 5

D Murphy (pen 52)
C Dempsey (59, 65, 89)
B Zamora (pen 68)

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Newcastle 2

D Guthrie (43)
H Ben Arfa (85)

Fulham v Newcastle preview

Cottagers without injured forward, Toon missing key duo

By Jonathan Jurejko.   Last Updated: 20/01/12 1:35pm

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Surprise package Newcastle travel to inconsistent Fulham knowing three points will move them back into the Premier League top five.

Form guide: Fulham: LDDWL Newcastle: LWLWW
Injuries: Fulham: Schwarzer, Grygera Newcastle: S Taylor, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi
Referee: Lee Mason (Bolton)
Sky Bet odds: Fulham evens Draw 23/10 Newcastle 14/5
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Opta Stat: Fulham have drawn 49 games 0-0 in Premier League history.

The sixth-placed Magpies would climb above Arsenal with victory in Saturday's clash at Craven Cottage, with the Gunners not playing until they host Manchester United on Sunday.

However, they will have to try and maintain their lofty position over the next month without key midfielder Cheick Tiote and 15-goal striker Demba Ba.

The pair, two of the main driving forces behind Newcastle's impressive start, are missing as they represent Ivory Coast and Senegal respectively in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Questions have been raised over Newcastle's ability to last the pace without the duo, with boss Alan Pardew backing his other players to step up and perform in their absence.

Pardew insists they can cope and will be looking for encouraging signs when the North East club make the long trip to Fulham.

The last five matches between the two teams in West London have been won by a single-goal margin and Martin Jol's side would settle for a similar result in their favour.

A win would further increase breathing space between the 14th-placed side, who sit six points clear of the relegation zone, and third-bottom Queens Park Rangers.

Fulham have showed they have more than enough quality to avoid getting sucked into a battle for the drop with impressive home wins against Liverpool and Arsenal this term.

However, they are struggling to repeat these results on a regular basis and will have set more consistent displays as one of their New Year resolutions.

Team news

Fulham forward Moussa Dembele will miss out with a hip injury after limping off in the first half of last week's defeat by Blackburn.

Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who signed a new contract on Wednesday, is still sidelined with a spinal injury.

Newcastle boss Pardew will make a late decision on midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

The Frenchman left the pitch on a stretcher with an ankle injury after being caught by QPR midfielder Shaun Derry last weekend and remains a doubt.

Striker Peter Lovenkrands (calf) has returned to training, but central defender Steven Taylor (Achilles) and midfielders Sylvain Marveaux (groin) and Sammy Ameobi (knee) remain on the sidelines.

New signing Papiss Demba Cisse joins Tiote and Ba on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Possible starting XIs

Fulham: Stockdale, Kelly, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise, Sidwell, Murphy, Ruiz, Dempsey, Duff, Zamora.

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Gutierrez, Gosling, Guthrie, R Taylor, Best, Shola Ameobi.

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7 Manchester United 33 57
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9 Newcastle United 34 46
10 Stoke City 34 43
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12 West Ham United 34 37
13 Hull City 33 36
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15 Swansea City 34 33
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 34 32
18 Fulham 34 30
19 Cardiff City 34 29
20 Sunderland 33 26

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