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Watch Live: Fulham vs. Newcastle United (Lineups and Discuss)

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Fulham is running out of time to make a run out of the drop zone, while visiting Newcastle United will face its first match without suspended Alan Pardew when the two teams square off this morning (Watch live and online at 11am ET via NBC Sports Live Extra).

Pardew was suspended seven matches for headbutting Hull City’s David Meyler, and his side looks a little different for Saturday’s match thanks to an injury to star striker Loic Remy. Luuk de Jong and Papiss Cisse will be up top, while Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa slides in for Mathieu Debuchy at back.

Fulham boss Felix Magath made waves by saying his side is “just realizing” they’re in a survival fight. The Cottagers’ 29 matches in the books are the highest number in the league, and they sit four points back of seventh place and safety. They have just two draws from their past nine matches, needing a 10th to find their last win (New Year’s Day over West Ham).

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LINEUPS

Fulham: Stockdale; Heitinga, Hangeland, Amorebieta, Richardson; Kasami, Kvist, Sidwell, Kačaniklić; Holtby; Woodrow

Subs: Stekelenburg, Riise, Rodallega, Dejagah, Roberts, Riether, Burn

Newcastle United: Krul; Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita, Tiote, Gouffran; de Jong; Cisse.

Subs: Alnwick, Haidara, S.Taylor, Marveaux, Gosling, Armstrong, Shola Ameobi.

With their clubs floundering, Dutch squad omits Premier League trio ahead of France friendly

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With coach Louis van Gaal previously stating the Netherlands friendly with France is a player’s last chance to make the World Cup roster, there seems to be some chaos at the goalkeeping position.

As both Newcastle and Fulham struggle in their recent Premier League play, netminders Tim Krul and Maarten Stekelenburg have been left out of the squad entirely.

The pair were among 10 players sliced from a preliminary squad by van Gaal.

Named in their stead is Swansea’s Michel Vorm – who would now appear to be the World Cup favorite – along with Ajax’s 24-year-old Jasper Cillessen and 23-year-old PSV stopper Jeroen Zoet.

Cillessen has been especially impressive, conceding just seven goals in 17 Eredivisie matches and 19 goals in 25 matches overall this season including time in the Champions League and Europa League.

Also left out was Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman, who has been in and out of Swansea’s starting XI of late, managing to last the full 90 minutes just once in his last five appearances.

The omissions do not necessarily mean these players’ chances of making the squad for the World Cup is over, as van Gaal also handed debuts to three Dutch attackers and is likely seeking to learn more about youngsters and fill his final spots rather than name a complete squad.

However, it would certainly serve as a warning to the three players, especially the two goalkeepers, that their spot is not guaranteed.  Stekelenburg and Krul have battled for the goalkeeping slot often throughout the past few years along with Swansea’s Michel Vorm, who was included in the squad.

Van Gaal handed debuts to three attackers in his squad, including Cillessen’s 21-year-old Ajax teammate Davy Klassen along with Twente winger Quincy Promes and Feyenoord’s Jean-Paul Boetius.

Also notably left out was Newcastle striker Luuk De Jong, but given his inability to break into the Borussia Monchengladbach squad before his loan to Newscastle, it’s no real surprise.

The match with France is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5th.

Newcastle United 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur: Magpie misery reaches new low with fourth straight home loss (video)

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Uncharacteristically soft goals allowed by Tim Krul in each half and a gorgeous strike from Nacer Chadli condemned Newcastle to its fourth-straight home defeat as Tottenham Hotspur eased into and out of a 4-0 win at St. James Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice and Paulinho added another as Spurs can now see their path to the top of the Premier League table. Chadli’s goal came very late, as Tottenham pulled with seven points of first place Chelsea.

Newcastle opened with a strike force featuring plenty of questions. Could Papiss Cisse find his form alongside an on-loan Luuk de Jong, who hasn’t played much for anyone this year?

The fifth minute saw the game’s first chance, as Paulinho worked down the right side and around Newcastle’s Davide Santon. He cut towards goal before feeding Adebayor, whose low curling shot went wide of the goal.

Spurs controlled possession for a while after that, with an in-tight Paulinho chance forcing Tim Krul to punch out for a corner kick.

Newcastle won a free kick and then a corner in the 12th minute. The Magpies are still sorting out their set plays with Yohan Cabaye off to PSG, but can be encouraged by Santon’s effort that pinged around the box before Spurs cleared.

The visitors struck in the 19th minute, as Nabil Bentaleb shook off Moussa Sissoko before trying a shot on Krul from the left. The keeper should’ve controlled it but instead pushed it into the path of Adebayor, who tapped home the rebound to make it 1-0.

Sammy Ameobi tried to counter immediately, leading to a throw-in. In fact, Ameobi was Newcastle’s threat for most of the half, providing prime opportunities for Yoan Gouffran and Cisse… both missed.

The hosts’ best chance came late, when De Jong laid off a nice ball for Sissoko that the midfielder sent screaming over the frame from just outside the 18. Though the match had its Magpie moments, Spurs unquestionably deserved the lead.

Tottenham doubled its lead in the 53rd minute. Paulinho made a deft backheel touch to Adebayor, whose low shot wasn’t dangerous but Krul couldn’t control off his dive. Mike Williamson stood and watched as Paulinho followed the shot to goal to tap in the loose ball, making it 2-0.

The introduction of Geordie boy Paul Dummett at half injected some life into the match and he lashed wide from the left just before the clock struck 70.

Hatem Ben Arfa also featured, sending a ball in that the Magpies headed over in the 74th minute as Newcastle poured forward.

Krul had been fantastic in the first meeting, but the big saves in this one came courtesy of Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, who made several nice stops in the final third.

Adebayor limped off after tucking another rebound home to condemn Newcastle to its third straight 3-0 defeat. They’ve appeared a shell of a club since Cabaye’s departure, and one of the Premier League’s rowdiest venue was quiet as a mouse.

Chadli’s first Premier League was an absolute stunner. Staring at goal from outside the edge of the 18, Chadli tore off a curling shot into the top right corner.

LINEUPS

Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, S.Taylor, Santon (Dummett, 46); Gouffran, Sissoko (c), Anita, Sammy Ameobi (Marveaux 71); de Jong (Ben Arfa, 63), Cisse.

Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Naughton; Dembele (Townsend 64), Bentaleb, Capoue, Paulinho, Lennon (Chadli, 75); Adebayor (Soldado, 84).

Goals: Adebayor (19, 82), Paulinho (53), Chadli (88)

Pardew admits Cisse needs strong second half to stay a Magpie

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As reports abound that the latest in a long line of teenage “next Wayne Rooneys” is set to get a long contract at Newcastle United, the heat remains on the seat of Papisse Demba Cisse.

And the seat has been occupied rather often.

With England U-17 striker Adam Armstrong set to make his Magpies senior bow as soon as Wednesday, many are wondering why Cisse wasn’t sold to a late window suitor like Trabzonspor.

And the truth is that Alan Pardew is still holding out hope that Cisse will re-emerge as the striker who made Demba Ba expendable when Chelsea’s big money came calling.

“He needs to have a big second half of the season for the summer. We are going to have to make a decision with Papiss: whether he is going to stay at this club and be a big player for us like he was two years ago and last year to a degree, or whether it’s going to be pastures new.”

Cisse was a “Senegalese sensation” when he sit the scene at St. James Park in 2012, recording a blistering 13 goals in 14 matches after arriving in the January transfer window. And while he was productive in the Europa League with 4 goals in 10 matches in NUFC’s 2012-13 campaign, his strike rate dropped markedly, to eight in 36 PL appearances.

This year, he’s notched just one goal in 15 Premier League matches and two more in Cup matches. Cisse’s been third-choice at-best to Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi at true striker and the Magpies just scooped up Dutch youngster Luuk de Jong on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach.

So much of the game is confidence, and a proposed resurgence for Cisse is far from absurd (though those who’ve witnessed his 12-foot touches and bombs wide of the frame this year may roll their eyes). Can he become a hotshot again? More reasonably, can he find form as a decent PL striker at St. James Park? Or will it take “pastures new” for the 28-year-old from Dakar?

As Cabaye exits, a Bundesliga striker undergoes Newcastle medical ahead of possible loan deal

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Luuk de Jong was all but Newcastle property, if you read the rumor mill two summers ago, and now his Bundesliga club has Tweeted that the 23-year-old Dutch striker is off to St. James Park for a medical.

As Yohan Cabaye undergoes the proper medical tests ahead of his transfer to PSG, it seems de Jong is getting his own pokes and prods in Northeast England as he prepares for a loan deal from Borussia Monchengladbach.

The younger brother of Ajax captain Siem de Jong, Luuk scored 39 goals in 76 appearances for FC Twente and Newcastle was ready to swoop when the price started going up. The player accused his club of forcing the price too high for his desired move to the Premier League, and he eventually moved to Monchengladbach for over 12 million pounds.

But Luuk’s spell in Germany has not gone as planned. In 2012-13, he scored eight goals in 23 matches across all competitions, twice in Europe, and has had trouble with form this season: He hasn’t netted in 14 matches.

Luuk de Jong has appeared seven times for the Netherlands, scoring once in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Finland.