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Premier League

  • November 23, 2013
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 51328

Premier League Preview: Newcastle - Norwich

Former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton, who was replaced by Alan Pardew in 2010 after winning promotion to the Premier League, returns to St. James' Park.

Newcastle hosts Norwich aiming to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time in 19 months.

Having recorded victories over Chelsea and Tottenham prior to the international break, Newcastle will welcome former boss Chris Hughton back to St. James' Park on Saturday.

Alan Pardew's men have climbed into the top half as a result of their recent form and know three points Saturday could see them move within touching distance of the top four. The hosts have not won three successive league games since a run of six wins in succession from March to April last year, which started with a 1-0 home triumph against Norwich.

Newcastle is likely to be confident of making it three in a row on this occasion as it faces a Norwich side that has won just two of its last 15 Premier League away matches. Norwich has also failed to beat Newcastle in the previous three meetings between the sides.

Right back Mathieu Debuchy will miss out for the hosts due to suspension, but long-term absentee Ryan Taylor (knee) is the only other man missing for Newcastle with Jonas Gutierrez having returned from compassionate leave.

Norwich's last win at Newcastle came in September 1988, although the former will have been buoyed by a 3-1 win over West Ham in its last fixture.

City's defensive performances are likely to be the primary concern for Hughton, especially with in-form striker Loic Remy, who has seven goals to his name this season, in the Newcastle ranks. Remy should present a significant challenge to a back line that has already conceded 21 goals in 11 league matches and conceded more goals during its travels than any other Premier League side.

The visitors also have problems at the other end of the pitch, with striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel ruled out because of a toe injury. Midfielder Anthony Pilkington could return from a thigh problem, but Elliot Bennett (knee) is unavailable, along with goalkeeper Mark Bunn and midfielder Alexander Tettey (both ankle).

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