Newcastle United v Norwich – Match Preview
Both managers have been very nice to each other in the build up to today’s match but as Alan Pardew rightly says, show your appreciation for Chris Hughton before kick-off but then everybody’s 100% focus should be on helping Newcastle to get an invaluable 3 points.
Quite bizarrely I’ve seen some references by some Newcastle supporters saying they aren’t been told what to do by the manager, surely what he is saying (certainly on this occasion) is plain common sense.
Despite the disappointing draw with Aston Villa, United have succeeded in turning St.James’ Park into something approaching a ‘fortress’ again, only one defeat at home so far in this calendar year and that was to the eventual champions, Manchester City.
On the road, the Canaries have a shocking record of failing to keep a single clean sheet in their last 35 Premier League away matches.
That should be all the encouragement Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse need to get over this early season blip which has still seen them score a combined three goals in four matches, though it would be the perfect time for Papiss to start contributing to that joint total.
Alan Pardew has already confirmed the two strikers will be paired together today but it still remains in the balance as to whether Cheick Tiote is fit enough to start now that he’s back in training.
Happily all went well with Vurnon Anita’s new arrival (a baby girl) which saw him make a mad dash back to Tyneside from Madeira, interesting to see where he plays if Cheick does make it into the starting eleven.
In an article yesterday on the website, the striking statistic was pointed out of Newcastle scoring all five league goals so far in the second half, I’m sure the manager will look to remedy that today and try to win the match early on with Norwich being put on the back foot from the start.
A statistic that is repeating last year’s trend is that Jonas has been fouled more than any other in the Premier League this season, 14 times so far. If he can get in the box more often then I can see Newcastle’s penalty count increasing by some way.
Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Danny Simpson and Tim Krul all miss once again but Alan Pardew will be expecting a repeat of last season’s 3 points in this fixture after his educated gamble in Thursday night’s team selection.
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