Norwich V Newcastle Preview
By Dean Farley
Friday 11 Jan 2013 19:35:00
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Norwich v Newcastle (3pm)
12th January 
Referee - Anthony Taylor

Newcastle attempt to win their first away game this season as the travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich on Saturday. Of course, facing them is the team with Chris Hughton at the controls, whose first return to his former employers in September ended in a 1-0 victory for the Magpies. 
    Both sides are in poor form in the Premier League, however, Norwich come into this game in winning ways after their 3-0 victory over Peterborough; coming on the same day as United's exit from the FA Cup to the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion.  Defeat would be a sixth successive Premier League away loss, emulating our worst away run in that competition between
    December 2007 & March 2008. 
    In all competitions we've lost seven on the bounce on the road and haven't won away from SJP in seventeen competitive games in all competitions since the 2-0 success at Chelsea back in May 2012. 
    Conformation came explaining that captain Fabricio Coloccini has traveled with the squad and is expected to play, despite rumors circling about the Argentine's future at the club. 
    Mathieu Debuchy is expected to make his debut, while fellow countryman Yohan Cabaye travels after missing the last 13 games in all competitions but is predicted to be on the bench. Jonas Gutierrez returns to the squad while James Perch is also expected to be fit.
    Papiss Cisse is "fit and well" after missing the Brighton FA Cup exit with alleged minor ailments but Cheick Tiote (African Nations) and Shola Ameobi (suspended) both miss out. 
    Injury definitely rules out Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic and Danny Simpson. Both Steven Taylor and Hatem Ben Arfa are training but not at full fitness. 
    Norwich City have both Jonny Howson and Grant Holt facing late fitness tests to see if either can play any part in the game. While John Ruddy, Andrew Surman, Steve Morison, Steven Whitaker all remain sidelined due to various injuries.
    In the last ten at Norwich, Newcastle have:

Won 2
Drawn 2
Lost 6

    Let's hope that the form can chance come Saturday afternoon! Howay the lads!


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