Fulham (2-3-8) at Newcastle United (5-2-5)
Premier League Soccer: Saturday, December 19th 2020 at 3:00 PM (St. James's Park)
The Line: Newcastle United +155 / Fulham +190 / Draw +225 -- Over/Under: 2.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Newcastle United faces Fulham on Saturday, December 19th at St. James's Park for an English Premier League match.
Newcastle United is coming off a 5-2 loss to Leeds United in its last game on the road on December 16th. Newcastle United is currently dealing with COVID-19 issues with some of its players, but the manager Steve Bruce is not releasing much information about the team's status. Newcastle United was obviously not in the right mindset in that match with Leeds, as allowing five goals is never a recipe for success. Newcastle United has lost three of its last five matches overall and currently has a 5-2-5 record. That record puts Newcastle United in 14th place in the Premier League standings. Newcastle United has allowed 16 goals and has allowed 21 goals to its opponents, therefore Newcastle United has a +5 goal differential.
Fulham is coming off a 0-0 draw to Brighton in its last match at home on December 16th. After a miserable start to the season, Fulham is starting to play a lot stronger. Fulham has earned at least a point in three of its last five matches overall, which is crucial when trying to avoid relegation in a tight league. Fulham's last win was over Leicester City on November 30th, which has to be one of the most imperative wins of the year for Fulham. Fulham is currently 2-3-8 this season, which puts the club in 18th place in the Premier League standings. Fulham has scored 12 goals and has allowed 22 goals to its opponents so far this season. Therefore, Fulham has a -10 goal differential thus far.
The last time Newcastle United and Fulham met was on May 12th of 2019. In that match, Newcastle United blew out Fulham by the final score of 4-0 on the road.
Despite having roster issues, I still think Newcastle United can compete with Fulham here at home. I think the strongest play in this match is on the draw, as it holds the most value. I do not think either side has a better chance to win the match outright, so taking the draw at +225 is where I am at.