Newcastle United will travel to Craven Cottage to take on soon to be Championship outfit Fulham in their final game of the season. The Magpies recently gave Liverpool a run for their money in their final home encounter of the season. Rafael Benitez would be keen to end the season on a high. The toon finished with 44 points last season and a win against Fulham on the final day will take them to 45 this campaign.
Both teams played out a goalless encounter in December last year. With the Cottagers being already relegated, they have played with more freedom as they have won their previous three meetings out of the previous four.
One can expect the crowd to be right behind the home team as this is going to be their final home game in the Premier League. Therefore Newcastle United might have a fierce battle on their hands if they want to better their last season’s points tally.
The Magpies are likely to be without Sean Longstaff, DeAndre Yedlin, Florian Lejeune and Sean Longstaff. Quite a few players could be playing their last game for the Tyneside outfit as their contracts are set to expire.
Newcastle United Predicted Lineup Vs Fulham
Martin Dubravka has had a big season in goal for the Toon, and he would like to end it with a cleansheet. He should start in goal. He is going to be protected by club captain Jamaal Lascelles in the heart of the defence. Paul Dummett is going to be on the left of the three-man defence, and Fabian Schar will be on the right.
Javier Manquillo will provide width down the right flank, and he will look to go forward at every opportunity. Matt Ritchie’s impressive work rate and forward runs have seen him thrive in the full back role down the left. He should start there once again.
Ki Sung Yueng is likely to start in the middle of the park ahead of Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diame. He is expected to be partnered by Isaac Hayden in midfield. Down the left, Christian Atsu impressed against Liverpool, and he should keep his place with Almiron being injured. Ayoze Perez will start down the right, but the Spaniard will often drift inside into central areas.
Salomon Rondon might be playing his last game for the club if Newcastle are unable to sign him again in the summer. The Venezuelan’s hold up play and finishing have been a significant difference maker, and he is set to lead the line once again.