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NEWCASTLE v CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

16 October 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED
 
Nickname: The Magpies
Manager: Steve McClaren
2014-15: 15th
Ground: St James' Park

McCLAREN ON SUNDAY
Magpies boss Steve McClaren has been impressed with how Norwich City have settled into Premier League this season.

Former England manager McClaren, speaking at his pre-match media briefing, knows the Canaries could cause his team some problems when the two sides meet in Sunday's televised clash (4pm).


"Norwich have been very good. They've got the confidence of promotion and have added very well. They can be a real handful," he said.

"We're at home against them, but it doesn't matter who the opponent is this weekend. We have to perform."

STAR PLAYER
Georginio Wijnaldum secured a £14.7m transfer from PSV Eindhoven to Tyneside in the summer.

The Netherlands midfielder, who starred in their run to the semi-finals of last year's World Cup, became Steve McClaren's first recruit of his Newcastle reign in July.


This is Wijnaldum's first taste of the Premier League after electing to play his club football in his native country before now.

He started in the Academy at Sparta Rotterdam before moving to Feyenoord in 2004, where he would go on to play over 100 league matches. He signed for PSV in 2011.

LAST TIME OUT
Newcastle were on the receiving end of a masterclass from Manchester City frontman Sergio Aguero before the international break.

The Argentina international scored an incredible five goals in 20 minutes either side of half-time, all after Steve McClaren's team had taken a deserved lead through Aleksandar Mitrovic.


Kevin De Bruyne added to the Magpies misery in the second half, with the 2013-14 Premier League champions eventually triumphing 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

The result extended Newcastle's winless league run at the start of this campaign to eight. They prop up the table heading into Sunday's game.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow.

Defenders: Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita, Jamaal Lascelles, Chancel Mbemba, Massadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor.

Midfielders
: Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko, Siem de Jong, Gabriel Obertan, Rolando Aarons, Florian Thauvin, Haris Vuckic, Cheick Tiote, Sylvain Marveaux.

Attackers: Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez, Emmanuel Riviere, Aleksandar Mitrovic.



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