Vurnon Anita and Yohan Cabaye

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

Newcastle United travel to East Anglia on Saturday to take on Norwich City in the Barclays Premier League.

The fixture should see new signing Mathieu Debuchy make his Magpies debut, and they go into the match on the back of a 2-0 FA Cup defeat away at Brighton.

Norwich were also in cup action last weekend but fared better - comfortably seeing off Championship opponents Peterborough.

When the sides met earlier this season on Tyneside, now-departed front man Demba Ba scored the only goal of the game as United picked up an important three points.

Alan Pardew's side had plenty of chances to extend their advantage but spurned a number of good goalscoring opportunities, including a Papiss Cisse penalty.

 

STAT ATTACK
Saturday's meeting is the 50th match between the two clubs, and the 48th in the league.


TICKET NEWS
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LAST MEETING
September 23, 2012 - Newcastle 1 (Ba 19) Norwich 0

Newcastle (4-4-2): Steve Harper; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 85), Vurnon Anita (Cheick Tiote 76), Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse (Gabriel Obertan 70), Demba Ba

Norwich (4-5-1): John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Sebastien Bassong (Michael Turner 8), Leon Barnett, Javier Garrido; Robert Snodgrass, Bradley Johnson, Jonny Howson, Andrew Surman (Simeon Jackson 82), Wes Hoolahan; Steve Morison (Grant Holt 70)


FULL RECORD v NORWICH
P49 W21 D13 L15 F77 A57


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)

Norwich - WLLLLW
Newcastle - LLLLWL


LAST LINE-UP
Norwich (v Peterborough, FA Cup): Declan Rudd; Russell Martin, Leon Barnett, Ryan Bennett, Marc Tierney; David Fox, Bradley Johnson; Robert Snodgrass (Jacob Butterfield 72), Elliott Bennett, Simon Lappin; Simeon Jackson
Not used: Jed Steer, Javier Garrido, Elliott Ward, Alexander Tettey, Anthony Pilkington, Harry Kane

Newcastle (v Brighton and Hove Albion, FA Cup): Rob Elliot; James Tavernier, Mike Williamson, James Perch (Paul Dummett 46), Davide Santon; Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita; Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid (Nile Ranger 46), Gabriel Obertan (Sylvain Marveaux 71); Shola Ameobi
Not used: Tim Krul, Shane Ferguson, Romain Amalfitano, Adam Campbell


TEAM NEWS
Norwich - Captain Grant Holt (hamstring) and former Leeds man Jonny Howson are both contention for returns to the Canaries line-up, but they are likely to be without striker Steve Morison (thigh), goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh), midfielder Andrew Surman (knee) and defender Steven Whittaker (hip).

Newcastle - Shola Ameobi serves a one-game ban following his sending-off at Brighton last weekend, while Cheick Tiote is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast. United are boosted by the return of striker Papiss Cisse (thigh) and midfielders Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Jonas Gutierrez (knee), with new signing Mathieu Debuchy set to make his Magpies debut at right-back. There is still a doubt over utility man James Perch (knee), and United will definitely be without Steven Taylor (hamstring), Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Dan Gosling (ankle), Ryan Taylor (knee) and Haris Vuckic (knee).


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Chris Hughton, Norwich manager: "I had a wonderful time there. There's a special connection for me because I had three years at Newcastle that I thoroughly enjoyed. For me, there are a lot of comparisons between the support they have at Newcastle and the support that we have. It's a very vocal support that want to get behind their local team."

Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "It's a tough place to go and they are on a tricky run themselves. Someone will end up with a really good day and hopefully it's us. We really need to get some momentum, for our fans who we really let down last week. We have to give a really good account of ourselves at Norwich and start putting some points on the board."


REFEREE
Anthony Taylor (Manchester): 2012/13 record - 19 games, 33 yellow cards, 5 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 are yet to win this season when the opposition has scored first, and the Canaries have not kept a clean sheet in their last nine Premier League games.