Blackburn were winning for the fifth consecutive year at St James’ Park on Wednesday but perhaps, we should not look too deep into that result, preferring to recall Newcastle’s deserved victory at The Emirates the previous weekend.
Newcastle must do without Joey Barton’s services for the next three games for another misdemeanour by the gifted midfielder who might be in the last chance saloon if not by his club, but by the powers that be at the Football Association.
Looking around bookmaker’s odds for this game will reveal a generous looking even money about Newcastle, and thousands of members of the ‘Toon Army’ are likely to wade into what might be classed as a generous price.
Fulham are as short as 3/1 to win this match, despite the fact that the Cottagers have won just one of their last twenty five away league fixtures. Those may tempt those looking at previous head to head encounters between the sides where Fulham have won three of the last five games at St James’ Park, with Newcastle securing just four of the available fifteen points in the process.
Putting league positions into perspective, Newcastle are ten places above Fulham whilst Tottenham are six positions ahead of Blackburn. Tottenham are 8/13 to beat their rivals on Saturday which suggests that the even money quote about the Magpies is generous in the extreme.
Fulham barely raised a gallop at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and will need to raise their game to get anything from this encounter, with the Geordie fans screaming for more ‘London blood’ to be spilled.
There is no truth in the rumour that Barton is on the supporting bill relating to the David Haye/Audley Harrison bout on Saturday night!