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January 12, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Carrow Road — Norwich, Norfolk
Referee:‬ A. Taylor‎
Attendance:‬ 26752‎

Norwich - Newcastle Preview: Magpies looking to end winless away streak

The Canaries will be desperate to end a run of four straight defeats, while the visitors are also on a poor run and have not won away from home this term

By Tim Poole


Norwich City
Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido
Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington

  Newcastle United
Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon
Anita, Marveaux, Tiote
Obertan, Cisse, Sa Ameobi

Norwich boss Chris Hughton is still without first-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy (hip) but deputy shot-stopper Mark Bunn has performed impressively in his absence of late.

The Canaries will also be without Andrew Surman (knee), Steven Whittaker (hip) and Steve Morison (thigh), but welcome midfielder Bradley Johnson back from a one-match suspension.

Elsewhere, skipper and top-scorer Grant Holt should be in contention, after returning from a hamstring injury in training, while Jonny Howson faces a late fitness test after suffering with illness all week.

Visiting boss Alan Pardew, meanwhile, could hand new signing Mathieu Debuchy his Newcastle debut at right-back, with Danny Simpson out with a foot injury

Shola Ameobi is unavailable in attack, due to a one-match ban, so Papiss Cisse will be reinstated to the centre.

Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Steven Taylor (hamstring) are closing in on a return and the Frenchman could feature, but Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) and Ryan Taylor (knee) remain sidelined long-term.

  • Norwich have lost their last four Premier League games, all by a one-goal margin.
  • Defender Russell Martin has scored three goals in his last two league games for Norwich. Two of the strikes came in the Canaries' 4-3 home defeat to champions Manchester City.
  • Norwich have won just once in six league encounters, although Chris Hughton's side had embarked upon a 10-match unbeaten run prior to their barren spell.
  • The Canaries have won five of their 10 league matches at Carrow Road this season, drawing twice and losing on just three occasions.
  • Newcastle have failed to register a win on their travels in 10 attempts this term, drawing four and losing six of their away-day encounters.
  • The Magpies have also lost their last three matches, having picked up just one win in their last six outings.
  • Newcastle's current top-scorer, Papiss Cisse (pictured right), has only scored four league goals this season. Former team-mate Demba Ba scored 13 for the Magpies this campaign, but has now completed a move to Chelsea.
  • Alan Pardew's side have only kept three clean sheets all season, with their last one coming in the 1-0 win against bottom side QPR in December.
  • The clubs' Premier League head-to-head record is all square, with both sides winning twice and drawing once. However, Newcastle lead the overall head-to-head thanks to a 2-1 League Cup victory in October 2004.

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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
13Mark BunnGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
5S. BassongDefender
6Michael TurnerDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
7Robert SnodgrassMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
27Alexander TetteyMidfielder
10K. JacksonMidfielder
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
20Leon BarnettDefender
24Ryan Bennett Defender
25David FoxMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
29Grant HoltStriker
37Harry KaneStriker
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
3Davide SantonDefender
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
14James PerchMidfielder
26Mathieu DebuchyDefender
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
15Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
22Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
22Stephen HarperGoalkeeper
34James TavernierDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
-Romain AmalfitanoMidfielder
20Gael BigirimanaMidfielder
28Sammy AmeobiStriker
30Nile RangerStriker
Players to Watch
Robert Snodgrass
Robert Snodgrass
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
26 5 5 0
After completing the move from Championship side Leeds last summer, the Scotland midfielder has flourished in making a seamless transition to the Premier League. With four goals and an equal number of assists to his name already this term, the 25-year-old looks set to continue producing outstanding displays for Chris Hughton's side.
Tim Krul
Tim Krul
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
32 0 0 0
Although a goalkeeper alone can never directly provide a side with three points, the Dutch shot stopper is likely to be the difference between an arrest of Newcastle's slide or an exacerbation of their current woes. After enjoying a fine campaign last time out, Krul will no doubt be chomping at the bit to restore the Magpies to the highs of last season.
They say never bet on a draw, but it's hard to back anything otherwise with two sides that hold a combined total of just two wins in 12. If there is to be a winner, home comforts make Norwich the likelier of the two sides to grab a win.
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
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Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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15 0