Norwich City v Newcastle United

1 Apr

Georginio Wijnaldum scored four of Newcastle's goals as they beat Norwich 6-2 earlier this season.


TEAM NEWS

Norwich manager Alex Neil could name the same starting XI that beat West Brom in their last fixture.

Nathan Redmond and Alex Tettey remain out, while Ryan Bennett is a doubt.

Newcastle’s Karl Darlow is likely to replace goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who suffered a season-ending knee ligament injury while on international duty.

Jack Colback starts a two-match ban and Fabricio Coloccini remains a major doubt due to a calf injury, but Daryl Jaanmat has been declared fit.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Jonathan Pearce: “This is huge.

“It’s the first of three successive relegation six pointers for Norwich. A win, followed by victories at Palace and home against Sunderland, should see them nearly safe. If they lose, I fear for them.

“Defeat for Newcastle would leave them six points adrift and almost certainly facing the drop.

“Having 13 players out recently has been an obvious handicap but the squad has too many who are no longer good enough for the Premier League, or never were. The scattergun transfer policy has been ruinous.

“Georginio Wijnaldum hit four in the reverse fixture – a 6-2 thriller! This won’t be as open but Norwich now have the more likely game changers.”

Twitter: @jpearcefootball

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

After playing Newcastle, Norwich are away at Crystal Palace, then home to Sunderland.

At the very least, their aim will be to come through those three games unbeaten but, on Saturday, I fancy them to do better than that.

Prediction: 2-1

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Newcastle are unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions against Norwich (W5, D2).
  • The Magpies’ last win at Carrow Road was a 2-1 success in January 1994, the first Premier League meeting between the sides.

Norwich

  • Norwich have taken four points from their last two games, as many as they managed in their previous 10 fixtures.
  • They could keep three successive clean sheets for the first time this season.
  • The Canaries have claimed only two points from their last five home games (D2, L3).

Newcastle

  • Newcastle have won just one of their last eight matches (D1, L7).
  • They have conceded 16 goals and scored only five times during this run.
  • Newcastle have conceded 55 league goals this season, the second worst record in the division behind Aston Villa (58).
  • They are five points worse off that at this stage of the 2008-09 season, when they were last relegated from the Premier League.
  • Rafael Benitez has won all three of his previous visits to Norwich as a Premier League manager.

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