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EPL stats preview: Matchweek 3 - Newcastle United vs Fulham

Nishit Nakar
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Modified 31 Aug 2013, 12:16 IST
Newcastle United will be hoping to turn around their  fortunes against Fulham kater today

Newcastle United will be hoping to turn around their fortunes against Fulham today

Newcastle United hosts Fulham at St James’ Park which will be full of anxious fans awaiting some positive news after a quiet summer in the transfer market.

The arrival of Joe Kinnear as director of football has had limited impact, while on the pitch, manager Alan Pardew had to bear the brunt due to the abject performances from his players, especially against Manchester City on the opening weekend. But their previous match with West Ham United, which ended in a goalless draw, will provide some respite.

On the other hand, Fulham come into this match on the back of a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal, but Martin Jol knows his side has enough quality to overcome a struggling Newcastle, and he will stick to his tried and tested players.

Scott Parker has continued his good form and Darren Bent will be eager to score again after netting in their defeat to Arsenal. Meanwhile, for Newcastle, Loic Remy is expected to make his debut.

Let’s have a look at what stats have to offer for Newcastle United vs Fulham

- In the last five matches between these two sides at St James’ Park, Newcastle have 100% win record.

- Newcastle have failed to score in their last 4 home matches in the Premier League.

- With one shot on target this season, Newcastle have the lowest tally of shots on goal in the Premier League.

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- Alan Pardew has used only two English players so far in the Premier League this season, fewer than any other side.

- Fulham have beaten Newcastle in 11 of 22 Premier League matches. The only club they have a beaten more is Bolton (12).

- In the three previous league meetings between these sides in the month of August have produced 19 goals – an average of over six per game.

- Fulham have won their last two away league matches, their most recent was at the opening day in the north-east against Newcastle’s rival Sunderland. They have not won three in a row in since May 2008.

- The Whites have gone eight league games without a draw.

- Darren Bent became the eighth player to score for six different Premier League clubs last weekend (after Nick Barmby, Marcus Bent, Craig Bellamy, Andy Cole, Peter Crouch, Les Ferdinand and Robbie Keane).

Published 31 Aug 2013, 12:16 IST
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