Monday Night Football is back on your screens this weekend and it sees Newcastle United on their travels to Craven Cottage as they take on Fulham. Both sides will be aiming for a least a top ten finish in the Premier League this campaign, but at the moment, they are both in danger of being in a relegation battle.
Of course, they have more than enough quality to work their way up the table - Fulham have players such as Dimitar Berbatov and Damien Duff at their disposal, whereas the Magpies can call upon goal-machine Demba Ba when things aren’t going right.
If results do not go their way this weekend though, there could be big pressure on both of these sides to pick up a result as they could be just two points clear of the drop zone. The Cottagers are sure to be the favourites on home soil, but there is no doubt that if Newcastle’s big name players perform – then they have the quality to take the spoils.
Martin Jol’s men have been on a dismal run and have not had the sweet taste of all three points for seven matches now. In this run though, they have managed to claim draws at both Arsenal and Chelsea, as well as a point at home to Everton. But, Jol knows that wins are what he needs and Monday night has to end in a victory for his side.
As we all know, Alan Pardew has been hit with a huge list of injury problems this campaign and that has had an impact in his team's form on the pitch. They did manage a win at home to Wigan Athletic last time out though, so are sure to have some much needed confidence reinstalled in the camp.
As mentioned, Ba is sure to be a key man in this one after notching himself ten top flight goals already this term. He is on a par with Luis Suarez, Robin van Persie and Michu and will be looking for another goal or two this time out to be the Premier League’s most prolific front-man.
This tie might not have as many big names players as the Manchester derby over the weekend, or be between two sides playing a superb brand of football at the moment, but it is a massive one for the two team’s respective seasons.
There is plenty at stake and with this huge month of fixtures coming up, poor form can really cost you. Christmas is not the time for your campaign to dip as by the New Year, you could be in real trouble.