Newcastle travel to Craven Cottage for FA Cup fourth-round action on Saturday evening and Miguel Almiron can put transfer speculation behind him by helping the Magpies advance at the expense of Fulham.
Newcastle's form has been torrid over the past month, with eight defeats suffered from their last 10 matches in all competitions, but they have faced Milan, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City during this period.
Injuries have certainly hampered the Magpies, who have struggled to cope with the demands of European football intertwined with domestic action, but that Champions League venture is now over and the focus is back on the Premier League and FA Cup.
Eddie Howe's side head to Craven Cottage, a venue they have not lost at since 2016, refreshed after a two-week break and that energy could prove crucial against a Fulham side who last played on Wednesday.
The Cottagers were knocked out of the League Cup semi-final by Liverpool and there is little time for Marco Silva's team to prepare both physically and mentally for this contest.
The FA Cup is Newcastle's only chance of silverware this season and they could stick all of their eggs in this basket, given the fact European football can be achieved for next season via this route.
There has been lots of talk about the future of Newcastle forward Miguel Almiron, who is reportedly a January transfer target for Saudi Arabia club Al-Shabab.
It's believed the Paraguay international has made it clear he wants to stay, as he is settled in the area and happy at the club, and he can prove his value by netting on Saturday.
Almiron has not hit the same scoring numbers as the 2022/23 campaign but he has still been a big threat for the Magpies and he has enjoyed coming up against Fulham.
The 29-year-old has scored three goals in his last three appearances against the Cottagers, two of those coming in the most recent trip to Craven Cottage, and he can add to that tally this weekend.
The final part of this Bet Builder is for there to be over three cards in the match, something which looks to have a good chance of landing given the disciplinary records of both teams.
Newcastle have been shown 52 yellow cards, only six teams have received more in the Premier League, while Fulham have picked up 46 cautions to sit 10th in that department.
The last three meetings between these two have also turned out to be fiery encounters, with a combined two red cards and eight yellows produced.
Fode Ballo-Toure, Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi are all competing at the Africa Cup of Nations and remain unavailable for Fulham, while Adama Traore is sidelined with a thigh issue.
Joelinton is the latest player to be ruled out for Newcastle following thigh surgery, the midfielder joins Callum Wilson, Nick Pope, Elliot Anderson, Joe Willock, Harvey Barnes and Matt Targett on the sidelines. Sandro Tonali is suspended but Jacob Murphy has returned to training and is in contention.
Fulham have failed to win any of their last seven meetings with Newcastle, who last suffered defeat at Craven Cottage in August 2016.
The Magpies have won the last four clashes against the Cottagers by an aggregate score of 10-1.
Miguel Almiron has scored three goals in his last three appearances against Fulham.
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