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NEWCASTLE PREVIEW

21 November 2013

A look ahead to this weekend's trip to Tyneside

NEWCASTLE UNITED v NORWICH CITY
Barclays Premier League
15.00 kick-off
St James’ Park
Saturday, November 23, 2013

THERE’s a welcome return to Premier League action this weekend after a fortnight’s break – and the Canaries will be hoping to carry on from where they left off against West Ham United with a positive result against Newcastle United.

The 3-1 victory over Sam Allardyce’s men at Carrow Road lifted City out of the Premier League relegation zone ahead of the trip to one of Allardyce’s former teams on Saturday afternoon.

Chris Hughton has also managed the Magpies of course, but will be aiming to come away with all three points from his old place of work to help his current employers further up the table.

The Canaries’ only league points on the road this season came from the 1-0 victory over Stoke City, while they have taken just one point from their last five visits to Tyneside.

They will take encouragement from the fact that, despite Alan Pardew masterminding a 2-0 win over Chelsea in Newcastle’s last home game, both Hull City and West Ham have come away with points from St James’ Park.

From the 50 competitive meetings between the two sides, Newcastle lead the head-to-head having won 21 matches to City’s 15. There have been 14 draws.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
NORWICH CITY 0-0 Newcastle United 12/01/2013 – Premier League
Newcastle United 1-0 NORWICH CITY 23/09/2012 – Premier League
Newcastle United 1-0 NORWICH CITY 18/03/2012 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 4-2 Newcastle United 10/12/2011 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 2-1 Newcastle United 20/04/2005 – Premier League

LAST TIME AROUND… Norwich City 0-0 Newcastle United, January 12 2013 – Premier League...
Both teams played out an uninspiring 0-0 draw the last time they met at Carrow Road back in January.

The point did bring a halt of four consecutive defeats to an end for the Canaries, but they could have earned all three with the woodwork denying Russell Martin and Anthony Pilkington also going close.

Chris Hughton said after the final whistle: “Our final ball and our delivery from set plays let us down.

"On the balance of play we were the better team but you have to score goals and we weren't able to do that.

"Certainly, in the end it was not a bad point."

MAGPIES’ FORM…
W – 1-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (A) 10/11/2013 – Premier League
W – 2-0 v Chelsea (H) 02/11/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-2 AET v Manchester City (H) 30/10/2013 – Capital One Cup Fourth Round
L – 1-2 v Sunderland (A) 27/10/2013 – Premier League
D – 2-2 v Liverpool (H) 19/10/2013 – Premier League

CANARIES FORM…
W – 3-1 v West Ham United (H) 09/11/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-7 v Manchester City (A) 02/11/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-4 v Manchester United (A) 29/10/2013 – Capital One Cup Fourth Round
D – 0-0 v Cardiff City (H) 26/10/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-4 v Arsenal (A) 19/10/2013 – Premier League

LAST NEWCASTLE UNITED XI (4-3-3 v Tottenham Hotspur)…
Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko; Yoann Gouffran, Loic Remy, Shola Ameobi.

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-4-2- v West Ham United)…
John Ruddy; Russell Martin (c), Michael Turner, Ryan Bennett, Martin Olsson; Robert Snodgrass, Jonny Howson, Leroy Fer, Anthony Pilkington; Johan Elmander, Gary Hooper.

REFEREE – Mike Dean…
Mike Dean takes charge of his first Norwich City game of the season at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Dean has refereed 11 matches so far this campaign, with his most recent being Sunderland’s 1-0 Premier League triumph over Manchester City before the international break.

The Wirral-based official has dished out 40 yellow cards and three red cards so far.

His last Canaries match was the 2-1 Premier League victory over Reading at Carrow Road in April.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES…
Everton v Liverpool (12.45)
Arsenal v Southampton
Fulham v Swansea City
Hull City v Crystal Palace
NEWCASTLE UNITED v NORWICH CITY
Stoke City v Sunderland
West Ham United v Chelsea (17.30)
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday, 13.30)
Cardiff City v Manchester United (Sunday, 16.00)
West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa (Monday. 20.00)

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