By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United are back in Premier League action on Sunday as they entertain Norwich City at the Sports Direct Arena (3pm kick-off).
Last season it was honours even between the teams, with the Canaries triumphing 4-2 at Carrow Road in December, before United gained their revenge three months later in the North-East thanks to Papiss Cisse's stunning early strike.
This fixture sees a first return to Tyneside for Norwich boss Chris Hughton, who managed the Magpies to the 2009/10 Championship title in record-breaking fashion.
Sunday's meeting is the 49th match between the two clubs, and the 47th in the league.
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March 18, 2012 - Newcastle 1 (Cisse 11) Norwich 0
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa (Davide Santon 63), Danny Guthrie (Dan Gosling 76), James Perch, Yohan Cabaye; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 69)
Norwich (4-5-1): John Ruddy; Kyle Naughton, Elliott Ward (c), Zak Whitbread, Adam Drury (Wes Hoolahan 82); Elliott Bennett, Andrew Surman, David Fox, Jonny Howson (Grant Holt 77), Anthony Pilkington (Russell Martin 85); Steve Morison
FULL RECORD v NORWICH
P48 W20 D13 L15 F76 A57
(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - DDDWLD
Norwich - DDWDLL
Newcastle (v Maritimo, Europa League): Rob Elliot; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling; Gabriel Obertan (Sylvain Marveaux 80), Haris Vuckic (Sammy Ameobi 53), Romain Amalfitano (Shane Ferguson 76); Shola Ameobi (c)
Not used: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Mehdi Abeid, Adam Campbell
Norwich (v West Ham United, Premier League): John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Leon Barnett, Sebastien Bassong, Javier Garrido; Robert Snodgrass, Jonny Howson, Bradley Johnson, Andrew Surman; Grant Holt (c) (Harry Kane 71, Simeon Jackson (Steve Morison 63)
Not used: Declan Rudd, Michael Turner, Marc Tierney, David Fox, Wes Hoolahan
Newcastle - Cheick Tiote (knee) and Papiss Cisse (illness) are both back in training and in contention for a starting spot against Norwich. Hatem Ben Arfa is also available, having served his European suspension. Fabricio Coloccini (hamstring), Ryan Taylor (knee), Danny Simpson (hamstring) and Tim Krul (elbow) are all ruled out, however.
Norwich - The Canaries could welcome back wingers Anthony Pilkington and Elliott Bennett, who have been sidelined by respective groin and knee injuries. The pair are back in training, but this fixture will come too soon for midfielder Simon Lappin (ankle) who will join back in with the group from next week. Summer signing Steven Whittaker (ankle) is definitely ruled out with an ankle complaint.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "Chris did a fabulous job here and will be well received. Norwcih have got some great pros and we will have to take care of their good players - guys like Pilkington and Holt. The organisation of Norwich is very strong and I think they will do okay this year, but we are at home and we need to win."
Chris Hughton, Norwich manager: "They are a team that will be pushing for the Champions League places, so it's quite a daunting place to go, but we've a team that will look forward to that experience. I was there at Newcastle for three years and the supporters were always excellent towards we. I shall look forward to going back, but more so if we are able to give a good account of ourselves."
Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire) - 2012/13 record: 2 games, 9 yellow cards, no red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Malcolm Allen, Sebasiten Bassong, Albert Bennett, Ollie Burton, Bryan Conlon, Ruel Fox, Des Hamilton, Jimmy Hill, Trevor Hockey, Darren Huckerby, Gary Megson, Matty Pattison, Kevin Scott, Colin Suggett
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DID YOU KNOW?
Norwich have yet to keep a clean sheet on their travels since they returned to the Premier League in August 2011, a run of 21 games.