A couple of European hopefuls, Fulham and Newcastle are much closer to the drop zone than they are to Europa League.
Newcastle and Fulham both entered the Premier League season with hopes of potentially securing a European place and expectations to finish in the top half. At the moment, they're both much closer to the drop zone than they are to those goals, and are on very shaky runs of form.
Fulham are playing much more poorly than the Magpies, though they were solid in a 0-0 road draw against rivals Chelsea two weeks ago. Last week, they put together one of their weakest performances of the season, falling 3-0 to Tottenham Hotspur. Newcastle got back on track last week with a win over Wigan, but still sit one place below Fulham on goal differential.
Newcastle injuries and suspensions
Fulham injuries and suspensions
Fulham are one of the healthiest teams in the Premier League at the moment, especially considering the recent return of Alexander Kacaniklic. Hatem Ben Arfa has recently returned for the banged-up Magpies, who should have all of Santon, Tiote and Ba in their 18-man squad on Monday.
Match date/time: Monday, 8 p.m. local, 3 p.m. ET
Venue: Craven Cottage, London, England
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