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Predicted Newcastle vs Norwich Line Up

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Match Preview Norwich v Newcastle
Tuesday 28 January 7.45pm

The middle leg of our three match run against relegation candidates sees Newcastle travel to Norwich on Tuesday night.

I think it is essential that United take six points off Chris Hughton’s team and the mackems if we are to bother the clubs currently above us.

If Newcastle repeat the attacking power of last Saturday’s first half at Upton Park then we should see a similar outcome, especially if the players can show finishing quality to match that build-up play.

Norwich may be 12th in the table but that belies the fact that only six points separate those clubs outside the top nine and while there may be a number of different leagues within league inside that top group of nine, those eleven teams battling out the relegation places are clear proof of the poor nature of much of the Premier League.

A record of four wins and three draws from their eleven home matches doesn’t look too bad on the surface but it has been grim a lot of the time this season.

With only 11 goals in 11 home matches entertainment hasn’t been on show too much and last week’s win against Hull was their first, home or away, since December 7. In fact goals have been very hard to come by overall, only 18 scored in total makes them the third worst attack in the Premier League.

Hooper has found some form and has 7 goals in all competitions but fellow signings Van Wolfswinkel and Elmander have had a nightmare. Second top scorer Leroy Fer has four goals from midfield and Newcastle will have to watch him, at St.James’ Park he was arguably the best player on the pitch despite Newcastle edging the win.

At home their defending has been decent with only 11 conceded in those 11 league matches, with ex-Newcastle United centre-back Bassong a key component.

Debuchy made his debut in a desperate match here last January, the fact the goalless bore draw was seen as very much a point gained last season shows just how desperate our fight against relegation was at the time.

While I have little doubt that sometime in the next few days Alan Pardew will claim it is no foregone conclusion that Debuchy comes back in at right-back, he must and he will after being suspended for the last three.

I’m guessing most fans would choose the same starting eleven that beat West Ham, minus either Taylor or Mapou making way for Debuchy. While I have no doubt the majority of you would vote Mapou over Taylor to stay in the team, I have no doubt that Alan Pardew will choose Taylor, which to be honest I’d choose as well.

One thing we definitely don’t want to see is Newcastle starting Tuesday’s match as they finished the one against West Ham. Yes Cabaye scored that great free-kick but most of the second forty five saw Newcastle defending deep and clinging on at times, both Cole and Carroll missing sitters. Alan Pardew claimed West Ham played much better after the break but while they did improve, it was at least as much down to United conceding territory as it was any improvement in their play.

Jonas Gutierrez will be a spectator due to the loan arrangements but interesting to see if Papiss Cisse will still be here as rumours persist of a move away, with Turkey top of the list. As for new signings, whether we will see any is open to doubt and Tuesday would surely definitely come too soon.

If Newcastle press them early and get the first goal then I can only see one result, Cabaye will be the one we look to again to run the show but Norwich will also have noticed his form and so it may be up to others in black and white to take some of the strain if the Canaries are paying particular attention to our star man.

Betting – NUFC Lead At HT and FT 29/10 – Gouffran To Score First Goal 17/2 – NUFC Win 3-1 19/1

To view all Norwich v Newcastle betting click HERE (Prices can fluctuate up and down)

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