By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United travel south to Norwich on Saturday, hoping to bounce back to winning ways in the Premier League (3pm kick-off).
It was a miserable afternoon for both sides last weekend, with United going down 3-0 at home to Chelsea, and the Canaries suffering a 5-1 drubbing at Manchester City.
While there have been a couple of friendlies between the teams in recent seasons, you have to go back more than six years to find the last time Norwich and Newcastle met in competitive action.
Saturday's meeting is the 47th match between the two clubs, and the 45th in the league.
Newcastle have been given a 1,400 allocation for the match, which is SOLD OUT.
20th April, 2005 - Norwich 2 (Safri 68, Ashton 90) Newcastle 1 (Kluivert 90)
Norwich (4-4-2): Robert Green; Thomas Helveg, Craig Fleming, Jason Shackell, Adam Drury; David Bentley (Gary Holt 89), Youssef Safri, Damien Francis, Darren Huckerby (Mattias Johnson 45); Leon McKenzie (Mathias Svensson 82), Dean Ashton
Newcastle (4-4-2): Shay Given; Stephen Carr, Jean Alain Boumsong, Andy O'Brien, Robbie Elliott; James Milner (Darren Ambrose 63), Nicky Butt, Charles N'Zogbia, Laurent Robert; Alan Shearer, Shola Ameobi (Patrick Kluivert 76)
FULL RECORD v NORWICH
P46 W19 D13 L14 F73 A53
(Last six games - all competitions)
Norwich - LWLLDD
Newcastle - LDLWWL
Norwich (v Manchester City, Premier League): John Ruddy; Kyle Naughton, Russell Martin, Leon Barnett, Marc Tierney; Andrew Crofts, Andrew Surman; Elliott Bennett (Grant Holt 60), Bradley Johnson (David Fox 77), Anthony Pilkington (Wes Hoolahan 60); Steve Morison
Not used: Declan Rudd, Zak Whitbread, Simeon Jackson, Aaron Wilbraham
Newcastle (v Chelsea, Premier League): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (James Perch 28), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands (Sammy Ameobi 71); Hatem Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 46); Demba Ba
Not used: Steve Harper, Davide Santon, Dan Gosling, Leon Best
Norwich - The Canaries are without defender Ritchie De Laet, who has a back injury, and a trio of players have knee problems, meaning James Vaughan, Daniel Ayala and Elliott Ward all miss out.
Newcastle - Midfielder Danny Guthrie is ruled out with a groin injury and joins Steven Taylor (Achilles), Cheick Tiote (knee) and Sylvain Marveaux (hip and groin) on the sidelines. Captain Fabricio Coloccini is a doubt with a thigh problem, while the game comes too soon for defender Mike Williamson to make his return from an ankle knock. However, Jonas Gutierrez returns to the squad having served a one-match ban.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Paul Lambert, Norwich manager: To follow
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "Norwich have been a surprise with the results and the fact that they have been winning games, which is very difficult to do in the Premier League.
"They have done exceptionally well and the manager has done an unbelievable job there."
Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire) - 2011/12 record: 18 games, 73 yellow cards, seven red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Malcolm Allen, Albert Bennett, Ollie Burton, Bryan Conlon, Ruel Fox, Des Hamilton, Jimmy Hill, Trevor Hockey, Darren Huckerby, Gary Megson, Matty Pattison, Kevin Scott, Colin Suggett,
DID YOU KNOW?
This weekend's opponents Norwich are yet to keep a clean sheet this season.