FA Cup: Fulham vs. Newcastle United match preview, prediction, team news, line-ups
FA Cup: Fulham vs. Newcastle United – Following their heartbreaking loss in the EFL Cup semi final, Fulham will try to earn some knockout revenge when Newcastle United visits Craven Cottage on Saturday for their FA Cup fourth-round match.
In the third round, the Cottagers needed just one goal to defeat Rotherham United, while Eddie Howe’s team easily defeated Tyne-Wear rivals Sunderland with three goals.
The writing was not on the wall for Fulham going into Wednesday’s second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final, even though they lost a one-goal lead to comeback kings Liverpool in the first leg.
However, Luis Diaz’s deflected strike made the Cottagers’ uphill climb that much harder.
Bernd Leno, the number one for Fulham, would not have wanted to watch Diaz’s goal back; the former Arsenal player should have done much better at his near post.
However, in the second half, an attacker from Liverpool briefly freed his goalkeeper when Harry Wilson set up Issa Diop for the home team’s equaliser.
Though they will not play Chelsea in an all-West London final next month, Marco Silva’s squad could not force another thirty minutes with another fifteen minutes.
Despite this setback, the Cottagers, who have never won a major trophy in their 145-year history, are still in the running to become FA Cup stars.
Although Bobby Decordova-Reid’s goal in the first half of the match was enough to send Fulham into the fourth round for the sixth consecutive year, they had only advanced from one of their previous four matches at this level.
A powerful starting lineup made easy work of their third-round tie against a defence-heavy Rotherham side.
That victory did occur in the 2022–2023 season, when they were defeated in a ferocious quarterfinal matchup with Manchester United following a victory over Sunderland in the fourth round, who ironically lost to the superiority of this season’s third-round visitors to Craven Cottage on Saturday.
Though Sunderland, Newcastle’s Tyne-Wear rivals, play in the Championship basement while Newcastle hopes to reach Europe, hostility between the two North-East rivals is still very much there. On January 6, they reconnected at the Stadium of Light.
Before the third-round match, Magpies head coach Howe had presided over four straight defeats in all competitions.
However, courtesy of a brace from Alexander Isak and an early own goal from Daniel Ballard, Newcastle easily earned the right to gloat and a trip to the fourth round.
The visitors were about to cap off that thrilling rivalry with a dominant win over Manchester City when they lost 3-2 in the Premier League to a captivating Kevin De Bruyne cameo, dropping them to obscure 10th place in the standings.
Newcastle, however, ended a terrible run of three straight third-round exits when they eliminated Sunderland.
Despite this, they have only made it to the fourth round once in the last eighteen years, losing 2-0 to Man City in the 2019–20 quarterfinals.
The Magpies’ most recent Premier League victory was also a routine 3-0 victory over hosts Fulham on December 16. However, they could make history this weekend by becoming the first Premier League team to lose eight straight games against other top-flight teams in the FA Cup.
Fulham FA Cup form:
Fulham form (all competitions):
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Newcastle United FA Cup form:
Newcastle United form (all competitions):
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Fode Ballo-Toure, Calvin Bassey, and Alex Iwobi of Fulham, the three that made it to the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations, will not be available to Silva anytime soon because Senegal and Nigeria advanced, and Adama Traore is still having issues with his thigh.
Traore’s chances of making it back to the matchday squad are seen to be slim given the 72-hour turnaround.
Although Silva did not lose any more players to injury during their EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool, exhaustion might force some changes.
As he did against Rotherham, Leno should hand the goalie’s gloves to Marek Rodak. Other benched players on Wednesday that Silva should consider are Wilson, Kenny Tete, and Harrison Reed.
After undergoing surgery for a thigh injury, Joelinton may be done for the season for Newcastle. Sandro Tonali (suspended), Nick Pope (shoulder), Elliot Anderson (back), Joe Willock (calf), Harvey Barnes (foot), Matt Targett (thigh), and Jacob Murphy (shoulder) won’t be returning for round four.
Howe also doesn’t think Callum Wilson will recover from his calf issue in time for Saturday’s match; a more likely recovery date is next Tuesday when the team plays Aston Villa.
However, Tino Livramento should make a full recovery from the sickness that held him out of the City defeat.
Only a few days ago, Bayern Munich expressed interest in the England international Kieran Trippier, the other right-back for the latter.
However, the German champions have now given up on the player, who is expected to start as captain for the Magpies at Craven Cottage.
Fulham possible starting lineup:
Rodak; Tete, Diop, Ream, Robinson; Reed, Palhinha; Wilson, Pereira, Decordova-Reid; Jimenez
Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Dubravka; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Longstaff, Guimaraes, Miley; Almiron, Isak, Gordon
Our Prediction for this match 3-1 or 2-0 won by Newcastle United