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NEWCASTLE PREVIEW

27 January 2014

Canaries face Magpies on Tuesday night

NORWICH CITY v NEWCASTLE UNITED
Barclays Premier League
19.45 kick-off
Carrow Road
Tuesday January 28, 2014

CHRIS Hughton welcomes his former team Newcastle United to Carrow Road for their Premier League meeting on Tuesday night.

The Canaries will be looking to consolidate their position in mid-table by securing back-to-back wins for the first time this season, but will come up against a side who have won six of their 11 matches away from St James’ Park up to now.

The most recent of those came against West Ham United ten days ago, when Yohan Cabaye – linked with a move to Paris St Germain – netted twice in a 3-1 win.

Both sides had a weekend away from frontline action due to Third Round exits in the FA Cup, so will be eager to get back up-and-running from their small break with three points.

Norwich are behind in the overall head-to-head record between the two clubs, with 15 victories to Newcastle’s 22, but are unbeaten in this fixture at Carrow Road in their last four.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
Newcastle United 2-1 NORWICH CITY 23/11/2013 – Premier League
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



LAST TIME AROUND… Newcastle United 2-1 Norwich City, November 23 2013 – Premier League…

A determined second half display wasn’t enough for the Canaries to take any points from their last meeting with Newcastle United at St James’ Park in November.

Chris Hughton’s side left themselves the difficult task of trying to overcome a two-goal deficit against an in-form Magpies after Loic Remy and Yohan Gouffran scored in the first period.

City were much improved after the break, and when Leroy Fer headed home Nathan Redmond’s corner with ten minutes left on the clock, hopes of salvaging a tangible reward for their efforts were sparked.

The hosts held on though, leaving the Canaries just a point above the relegation zone in the Premier League with 11 points from their 12 games.

Hughton commented afterwards: “"It was not so much the performance [that was frustrating] but goals we conceded. They were two goals that were avoidable.

"Credit to the players as they came out and showed spirit and character [in the second half].

"At the moment we need to be scoring more goals. We pushed really hard in the second half but goals decide games and if we are conceding soft goals we make it difficult for ourselves."

CANARIES’ FORM…
W – 1-0 v Hull City (H) 18/01/2014 – Premier League
L – 0-3 v Fulham (A) 14/01/2014 – FA Cup Third Round Replay
L – 0-2 v Everton (A) 11/01/2014 – Premier League
D – 1-1 v Fulham (H) 04/01/2014 – FA Cup Third Round
D – 1-1 v Crystal Palace (A) 01/01/2014 – Premier League

MAGPIES’ FORM…
W – 3-1 v West Ham United (A) 18/01/2014 – Premier League
L – 0-2 v Manchester City (H) 12/01/2014 – Premier League
L – 1-2 v Cardiff City (H) 04/01/2014 – FA Cup Third Round
L – 0-1 v West Bromwich Albion (A) 01/01/2014 – Premier League
L – 0-1 v Arsenal (H) 29/12/2013 – Premier League



LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-4-2 v Hull City)…

John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Ryan Bennett, Sebastien Bassong (c), Martin Olsson; Robert Snodgrass, Leroy Fer, Bradley Johnson, Jonas Gutierrez; Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper.

LAST NEWCASTLE UNITED XI (4-2-3-1 v West Ham United)…
Tim Krul; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote (c); Yoan Gouffran, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko; Loic Remy.

REFEREE – Chris Foy…
Merseyside official Chris Foy will referee at Carrow Road for the third time this season when he leads the teams out on Tuesday night.

Most recently has was in Norfolk at the end of November as the Canaries beat Crystal Palace 1-0 thanks to Gary Hooper’s first-half strike. He also took charge of City’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in September.

Foy’s most recent assignment was at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as he oversaw Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Stoke City in the FA Cup Fourth Round.

In his 21 games so far this season, he has given out 55 yellow cards and two red cards.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES…
Manchester United v Cardiff City
NORWICH CITY v NEWCASTLE UNITED
Southampton v Arsenal
Swansea City v Fulham
Crystal Palace v Hull City (20.00)
Liverpool v Everton (20.00)
Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion (Wednesday, 19.45)
Chelsea v West Ham United (Wednesday, 19.45)
Sunderland v Stoke City (Wednesday, 19.45)
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City (Wednesday, 19.45)

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