Newcastle v Fulham

Saturday 6 April 2002

Fulham's Lee Clark has been told to forget making a comeback this season and focus on recovering from his Achilles and calf injuries by August. Clark sustained an Achilles injury against Charlton on Boxing Day - and then a calf problem in his return game against Liverpool on 2 March.

Fulham (from): Van der Sar, Brevett, Finnan, Melville, Goma, Ouaddou, Collins, Legwinski, Knight, Malbranque, Davis, Taylor, Marlet, Saha, Hayles, Boa Morte.

MOST SIGNIFICANT STATS

Champions League chasing Newcastle face FA Cup semi-finalists Fulham in the Monday night Premiership match with Bobby Robson's side eager for only a second win in eight matches and Jean Tigana's Londoners keen to prevent an eighth defeat in nine Premiership outings.

On Sunday, 14 April, Fulham meet Chelsea in the 7pm FA Cup semi-final kick off at Villa Park. They'll be keen to improve on the weakest current form in the Premiership before that. But they go to St James's Park where Newcastle crushed Everton 6-2 in the Magpies' last home game.

The fixture could also mark a notable milestone in the illustrious career of Newcastle striker Alan Shearer. The former England skipper needs to score to become the first player to bag 200 Premiership goals.

Fulham are aiming to make their first ever visit to St James Park in the Premiership a memorable one. Victory would complete a first ever 'double' by either side in the League fixture.

The Cottagers won the reverse 3-1 in November and made it 27 trips to London without victory for the Magpies. The scoring was opened with a spectacular effort from Louis Saha, the second by Legwinski was well worked, Gary Speed got a consolation before Barry Hayles wrapped it up. Alan Shearer hit the post with a generously awarded penalty.

Fulham are therefore looking for their first ever 'double' in the Premiership, while Newcastle have only been beaten home and away by Liverpool, so far this season.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS: Total 46 Newcastle wins 18 Fulham wins 18 Draws 10

HEAD TO HEAD NOTES

Fulham's only League win in 9 visits over 42 years was 1-4 on 16 October, 1982.

The Cottagers' last top flight win at St James's Park was 0-1 on 29 September, 1951.

Newcastle have won three of their last five home League meetings with the Londoners, but they have not met at St James' Park for 19 years.

Fulham won the reverse fixture 3-1 and are looking to complete the first 'double' by either side since they initiated League combat in 1934.

NEWCASTLE UNITED

League position going into the weekend 4th 60 points

Sequences

UNDEFEATED IN 3 AT HOME - 2 Prem, 1 FAC [1 win, 2 draws]

Recent Form

13 wins in last 22 League and Cup games

Won 6 of last 11 Premiership matches

Drawn 3 of last 13 in all competitions

2 draws in last 9 top flight encounters

Lost 3 of last 7 domestic confrontations

2 defeats in last 11 top division duels

Failed to score in 3 of last 7 contests

Failed to find the net in 3 of last 10 League clashes

2 clean sheets in last 9

14 CLEAN SHEETS - 8 in Prem

FAILED TO SCORE 9 TIMES - 6 in Prem

PREMIERSHIP DOUBLES ACHIEVED - 4

PREMIERSHIP DOUBLES SUFFERED - 1

0 RED CARDS

EVER PRESENTS: 0

Potential Career Milestones

Alan SHEARER needs one strike to record 200 Premiership goals

Craig BELLAMY is a hat trick away from 50 career League goals

If he plays, Andy O'BRIEN will be making the 200th club appearance of his career

MAGPIES NOTES

In advance of this weekend's latest set of matches

Involved in one of the five highest scoring Premier League matches this season. Eight goals were registered in the 6-2 win over Everton at St James' Park on Good Friday, 29 March.

FULHAM

League position going into the weekend 15th 36 points

Sequences

NOT WON IN 4 - all Prem [1 draw, 3 defeats]

WITHOUT A VICTORY IN 8 PREMIERSHIP MATCHES [1 draw, 7 losses]

GONE 7 AWAY LEAGUE GAMES WITHOUT VICTORY

8 LEAGUE GAMES SINCE A CLEAN SHEET

Recent Form

1 win in last 9 League and Cup games

Won 1 of last 12 Premiership matches

Drawn 2 of last 14 in all competitions

2 draws in last 11 top flight encounters

Lost 8 of last 13 domestic confrontations

8 defeats in last 11 top division duels

Failed to score in 3 of last 11 contests

Failed to find the net in 2 of the last 3 League clashes

1 clean sheet in last 10

Managed 2 clean sheets in last 13 top tier League outings

15 CLEAN SHEETS - 12 in Prem

FAILED TO SCORE 13 TIMES - all in Prem

PREMIERSHIP DOUBLES ACHIEVED - 0

PREMIERSHIP DOUBLES SUFFERED - 3

2 RED CARDS - both in Prem

EVER PRESENTS: 2, Steve Finnan, Steed Malbrangue

STARTED EVERY GAME: 1, Steve Finnan

Potential Career Milestones

Barry HAYLES is a double strike away from 50 goals for Fulham

If he players, Rufus BREVETT will be making his 150th League appearance for Fulham (excluding Play-Offs)

COTTAGERS NOTES

in advance of this weekend's latest set of matches

Last Premiership win was 2-0 at home to Blackburn on 9 February, 2002.

Last away Premiership win was 0-1 at Derby on 2 January, 2002.

One of four clubs to have won fewest away games in the top flight - 2. The others are Blackburn, Everton and Leicester.

One of two clubs to have suffered the longest losing sequence in the top League so far this season - 6. The other is Leicester.

Conceded the earliest Premiership goal this season. David Unsworth's 27th second strike for Everton at Goodison on 16 January is the quickest top flight goal so far this campaign.

Bottom of the Premiership's "Last Six Current Form" table with 1 point from the 18 available.

One of two clubs to have registered most top division goalless draws - 6. The other is Aston Villa.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE: ALAN WILEY, Burntwood, Staffordshire.