Newcastle United and Fulham go head to head at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon and with the former far from out of trouble, they need to take all three points in this one.
The Magpies looked as though they were going to move themselves away from the relegation zone after the January transfer window saw them bring in some real quality, but recent defeats at Wigan Athletic and Manchester City have dragged them right back into it.
At the moment, the north-east side sit just three points clear of the drop zone and as they are still in Europa League action, Alan Pardew has to be very clever with his starting eleven in this one as he can’t send a team out that is fatigued.
What he needs is for St James’ Park to be rocking here for his side to get a flying start. Newcastle have won their last three Premier League matches on home soil and are the 11/10 favourites to come out on top in this one.
Pardew’s team have been below par for the majority of the campaign and with a massive match against Sunderland next weekend, they need to build some momentum.
Papiss Cisse has the tendency to go missing in a game, but somehow pop up with a goal and he is at 5/1 to break the deadlock in this one, which could prove to be a decent bit of value.
As for Fulham, once again, they are safe and can look forward to another year in the Premier League. They are now on 39 points and you would say even if they lost their remaining eight matches, they would remain in the top flight.
Martin Jol’s men are on course for a top ten finish though and they are known for ending the campaign on a high, so that is what the Dutchman will expect. When the pressure is off them, Fulham can be a fantastic side to watch.
The Cottagers come into this on the back of a five-game unbeaten run and they have one man at their disposal who is proving to be too good to stop right now and that is Dimitar Berbatov.
The Bulgarian is enjoying life at the Cottage and much of that is probably down to the fact he is the best player at the club. Berbatov has scored in his last four matches and can be backed at 6/1 to have the first say on this one.
This is certainly a bigger game for Newcastle than it is for Fulham, but that doesn’t mean the points are guaranteed to stay in the north-east.