Norwich boss Alex Neil thinks that Newcastle will play an expansive game and it will be an open match on Sunday, here’s hoping…
Neil is really happy with the way things have gone for Norwich so far and thinks they have played really well in eight of their ten matches.
This is despite only having nine points, so as well as two wins in the league cup it must include their two Premier League wins over Bournemouth and Sunderland, plus their three draws against Stoke, West Ham and Liverpool. As well as seemingly their 2-1 defeat to Leicester last time out.
So what about Newcastle, how many of the ten games have we played really well?
Bit of a tricky one really as apart from League Two Northampton, there hasn’t been a single game where Newcastle have played well all game, maybe Manchester United and probably Arsenal after going down to 10 men with 75 minutes left.
Possibly add Southampton and Chelsea for the first hour or so and then Manchester City in the opening period.
It starts to make it sound like a decent start to the season!
The matches against Watford, Swansea, West Ham and Sheffield Wednesday reserves were definitely stinkers though.
Norwich are looking to improve on their 80% ratio but can Newcastle put in their first 100% performance of the season?
“Out of the ten games we’ve played so far (all competitions), we’ve done really well in eight.
“I think that’s a great ratio for us, but we’ll be looking to improve on that as well. It’s such fine margins by which you win or lose games at this level.
“There have been a couple of games this season where I felt we’ve deserved to win but we haven’t. Those four or five extra points would put you in a very different scenario.
“I think it probably applies more pressure to them rather than anything else, having not won and certainly being at home as well. There will be a lot of pressure from their fans for them to go and win the game.
“We’re desperate to win the game as well, so we need to make sure that we approach it properly. If we can do as well as we can, then we’ve got a good chance.
“They’ll be very similar to Derby when Steve was there. They’re quite expansive when they have got the ball, and it’s going to be an open match I think. Hopefully we can come out on top.”
Norwich haven’t kept any clean sheets and Newcastle only the one at Old Trafford, so the chances of both sides scoring on Sunday are pretty nailed on!