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  • 10 December 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 26816
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Norwich City - Newcastle United Preview: Overachieving sides looking to regain momentum after heavy defeats in previous outings

The hosts were thumped 5-1 away to Manchester City last week, whilst the visitors were thwarted 3-0 by Chelsea on their own turf, and both clubs aim to bounce back at Carrow Road


PROBABLE LINEUPS

NORWICH CITY
 


Ruddy
Naughton, R Martin, Barnett, Tierney
Bennett, Johnson, Crofts, Pilkington
Hoolahan
Morison
NEWCASTLE UNITED

Krul
Simpson, Perch, Kadar, R Taylor
Obertan, Cabaye, Gosling, Gutierrez
Ben Arfa
Ba
Paul Lambert is not the sort of manager to view a 5-1 defeat away to Manchester City as a reason to make drastic changes to his side, but one change is likely to be the addition of Wes Hoolahan as a creative option over the more industrious Andrew Surman, an attacking alteration prompted by Newcastle's personnel troubles at the back.

First-choice centre-backs Fabricio Coloccini (ankle) and Steven Taylor (Achilles) have both been hit by injuries for the away side. Alan Pardew may yet decide to risk Coloccini, who is doubtful, at Carrow Road after Taylor was ruled out for the rest of the season, but if, as seems most likely, the Argentine is not risked, then a makeshift partnership of James Perch and Tamas Kadar, the latter not even having a squad number, is expected to line up for the Magpies. Midfielder Danny Guthrie will miss a month's action with a groin injury picked up during last week's 3-0 loss at the hands of Chelsea, while Cheikh Tiote remains absent due to a knee ligament problem.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Norwich City are one of only two sides, the other being Blackburn, who are yet to keep a clean sheet in any competition this season.
  • Thirty-two league games have gone by since the Canaries last took part in a goalless draw.
  • Norwich striker Grant Holt has come off the bench in five of the hosts' last six games, scoring a result-altering goal on three of those occasions.
  • Paul Lambert's side have conceded more goals in the last 15 minutes of league games (including added time) than in any other period of play, with seven let in late so far this season.
  • Newcastle United have conceded just seven goals away from home in the Premier League so far, less than half the Canaries' record, which is currently 16.
  • The Magpies' striker Demba Ba (pictured right) is currently joint-fourth in the Premier League's scoring charts, equal on nine strikes along with Wayne Rooney and Yakubu.
  • Newcastle's most common time to concede is in the final 15 minutes of the first half, having seen six goals put past them in that period - while Norwich have been most prolific in that very time, netting five before the break so far.

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Players to watch

G. Holt

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Canaries' captain is unlikely to start the game, but he will certainly play a part from the bench. Holt would be worth watching out for, since three of the 30-year-old's last five substitute appearances have seen him score a decisive goal. The former Nottingham Forest man will fancy himself to do a similar job if he is given 20 minutes against a tiring, inexperienced Newcastle defence.

D. Ba

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Newcastle's only real attacking outlet this season, Ba's nine goals see him at least six ahead of any team-mate in the scoring charts. With the Magpies' back line decimated and the midfield similarly strewn with injuries, the visitors need their Senegalese frontman to be firing on all cylinders. The powerful striker will look to target the likes of Leon Barnett on Saturday.

Editor's Prediction

A week ago you would have expected the high-flying Magpies to come away from Carrow Road with a result, but with Steven Taylor out for the season and Fabricio Coloccini likely to miss out as well, Newcastle's defence has been well and truly gutted. All the evidence points to both sides conceding, but Norwich should have the firepower to exploit the visitors' weaknesses.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Norwich City

Newcastle United

Wins
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Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Norwich City FC NOR
Norwich City FC Norwich City
Draw
Newcastle United FC NEW
Newcastle United FC Newcastle United
16%
22%
62%

Top 3 Predictions

Norwich City FC NOR
1 - 2
Newcastle United FC NEW
Norwich City FC NOR
0 - 2
Newcastle United FC NEW
Norwich City FC NOR
1 - 1
Newcastle United FC NEW

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