By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United entertain Norwich City on Sunday afternoon in Premier League action (4pm kick-off).
And the Magpies will be hoping for a return to winning ways after four games without a victory, including Monday night's injury-time defeat at Arsenal.
Norwich drew 1-1 against Wigan last time out, and lost three consecutive matches before that, but will go into this weekend confident, having come out on top when the sides met earlier this season.
Sunday's meeting is the 48th match between the two clubs, and the 46th in the league. The Canaries have managed two league wins this season in matches against sides in the top half of the table.
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December 10, 2011 - Norwich 4 (Hoolahan 39; Holt 60, 82; Morison 63) Newcastle 2 (Ba 45, 70)
Norwich (4-4-2): John Ruddy; Kyle Naughton, Zak Whitbread (Leon Barnett 83), Russell Martin, Marc Tierney; David Fox, Andrew Crofts, Andrew Surman (Bradley Johnson 77), Wesley Hoolahan (Simeon Jackson 85); Steve Morison, Grant Holt
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Ryan Taylor, James Perch, Danny Simpson, Davide Santon (Shane Ferguson 90); Gabriel Obertan (Sammy Ameobi 81), Dan Gosling, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi (Alan Smith 90), Demba Ba
FULL RECORD v NORWICH
P47 W19 D13 L15 F75 A57
(Last six games - all competitions)
Norwich - DLLLWW
Newcastle (v Arsenal, Premier League): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon (James Perch 46); Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote (Danny Guthrie 81), Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Gabriel Obertan (Shola Ameobi 61); Demba Ba
Not used: Rob Elliot, Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic, Papiss Cisse
Norwich (v Wigan, Premier League): John Ruddy; Kyle Naughton, Elliott Ward, Zak Whitbread, Adam Drury; Andrew Crofts (Elliott Bennett 69), Wes Hoolahan, David Fox, Andrew Surman (Anthony Pilkington 70); Simeon Jackson, Grant Holt (Steve Morison 59)
Not used: Jed Steer, Russell Martin, Bradley Johnson, Aaron Wilbraham
Newcastle - There are no new injury worries for Alan Pardew but he is still waiting to see if Ryan Taylor will be available after missing Monday night's defeat at Arsenal through injury. Cheick Tiote came off at the Emirates while Danny Simpson struggled through the final few minutes but both are expected to be fit to face the Canaries.
Norwich - Marc Tierney (groin), James Vaughan (knee) and Daniel Ayala (hamstring) are all out, but Jonny Howson - City's January signing from Leeds - is likely to return after missing last weekend's draw with Wigan through illness.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "We are saying we are going to push for Europe now and let our fans know we are going to try to push for it. We are going to need four or five wins and if we don't beat Norwich, that's going to look difficult in nine games, because that means the task will be that much harder."
Paul Lambert, Norwich manager: "I don't think anybody expects us to go up there and get anything. They're doing fantastically well - Alan has got them going really well - but the lads are really looking forward to it. There'll be a massive crowd, which tends to bring out the best in people, and we'll do everything we can to win."
Phil Dowd (Staffordshire) - 2011/12 record: 29 games, 112 yellow cards, four 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?
Norwich are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league away from home - conceding an average of 1.9 goals per game - whereas Newcastle have kept five clean sheets on their own patch.