A look ahead to Saturday's Carrow Road clash
AFTER a successful excursion in the FA Cup last weekend Norwich City get their Barclays Premier League campaign back underway with the visit of Chris Hughton’s former club Newcastle United on Saturday.
An emphatic 3-0 victory over Peterborough United saw the Canaries advance to the fourth round of the tournament along with a host of impressive performances from the City team.
The visitors however suffered an exit at the hands of Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion, and so will be looking to bounce back at Carrow Road with an improved display.
In the reverse fixture earlier this season City went down 1-0 at the Sports Direct Arena to a Demba Ba goal, who has since moved to Chelsea in a January transfer window move.
City did however secure an impressive victory over the Magpies the last time they ventured to Carrow Road winning 4-2 thanks to strikes from Wes Hoolahan, Steve Morison, and a Grant Holt double.
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CITY: Goalkeeper John Ruddy is a long-term absentee with a thigh injury, whilst striker Steve Morison is still a doubt (thigh). Captain Grant Holt is touch and go for the fixture, and Steven Whittaker (hip) is doubtful, but Mark Bunn is set to return to the side.
NEWCASTLE: The Magpies have a host of injury problems to contend with going into the match, with James Perch (knee), Fabricio Coloccini (hamstring), Jonas Gutierrez (knee) all doubtful for the fixture. Ryan Taylor (knee), and Dan Gosling (knee) and Haris Vuckic (knee) are long term absentees. Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Steven Taylor (hamstring) may also be doubts, as are Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) and Danny Simpson (broken toe).
LAST LINE UPS:
Peterborough v CITY
Russ MARTIN (c),
Brighton v NEWCASTLE
Shola AMEOBI (c).
MANAGER: ALAN PARDEW
A former Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic midfielder, the 51-year-old Pardew began his managerial career with Reading in 1999, before a three-year spell with West Ham from 2003 that saw him guide them back to the top-flight and reach the 2006 FA Cup Final.
Pardew then had spells at Charlton Athletic and Southampton before being named as Chris Hughton’s successor at Newcastle in December 2010.
Since a £9M arrival at the north-east club in January 2012 the 27-year-old Senegal international has 19 goals to his name in just 39 games.
Renowned for his lethal finishing and pace, Cisse netted an incredible 13 times in 14 games last term, including the decisive goal in a 1-0 home win for the Magpies.
This season the striker has scored four times in the league for Newcastle, all of which came in defeats.
Norwich City v Newcastle United
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Whilst Newcastle do have the edge in terms of all-time results between the two sides, Norwich have won the previous three games at Carrow Road dating back to the 1994-95 season, The last time they met at Carrow Road was a 4-2 victory for City, and in April 2005 Dean Ashton’s last minute winner secured a 2-1 win after Youssef Safri’s long-range strike.
TOP LEAGUE SCORERS
CITY: Grant Holt, Robert Snodgrass, Anthony Pilkington – Four league goals
NEWCASTLE: Papiss Cisse - Four league goals
MOST LEAGUE STARTS
CITY: Bradley Johnson – 20 league starts
NEWCASTLE: Davide Santon - 21 league starts
Greater Manchester-based referee Anthony Taylor will take charge of Norwich City’s clash with Newcastle – the third time he has for a Norwich game this season, the others being a 4-1 defeat at Chelsea and a 1-0 Carrow Road victory over Manchester United. Taylor has also taken charge of Newcastle games twice – a 1-1 draw with Newcastle in which a red card was issued to Fabricio Coloccini, and the second a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United. No referee has issued more than Taylor’s five red cards this season, but no referee has issued less than his 33 yellow cards.