By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United entertain Norwich City on Saturday afternoon in the Barclays Premier League, looking for a third successive victory.
The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of wins against Chelsea and Tottenham, which has lifted them to ninth in the table.
In contrast, City have won just one of their last six games in all competitions, but that came last time out, with West Ham on the end of a 3-1 scoreline.
When these sides met last season, United edged the honours, winning 1-0 on Tyneside, followed by a goalless draw at Carrow Road.
Saturday's meeting is the 51st match between the two clubs, and the 49th in the league.
Tickets for Saturday's fixture are still available. For more information or to secure your seat, click on the button below.
12th January, 2013 - Norwich 0 Newcastle 0
Norwich (4-5-1): Mark Bunn; Russell Martin, Sebastien Bassong, Michael Turner, Javier Garrido; Robert Snodgrass (Elliott Bennett 77), Bradley Johnson, Alexander Tettey, Wes Hoolahan, Anthony Pilkington; Simeon Jackson (Grant Holt 68)
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; James Perch, Vurnon Anita (Gael Bigirimana 84); Gabriel Obertan (Yohan Cabaye 57), Sylvain Marveaux, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse
FULL RECORD v NORWICH
P50 W21 D14 L15 F77 A57
(Last six games - all competitions)
Norwich - WLLDLL
Newcastle - WWLLDW
Newcastle (v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 85); Shola Ameobi (Vurnon Anita 60), Loic Remy (Papiss Cisse 74)
Not used: Rob Elliot, Fabricio Coloccini, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa
Norwich (v West Ham United, Premier League): John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Michael Turner, Ryan Bennett, Martin Olsson; Anthony Pilkington (Nathan Redmond 33), Leroy Fer, Jonny Howson, Robert Snodgrass; Johan Elmander, Gary Hooper (Bradley Johnson 87)
Not used: Mark Bunn, Steven Whittaker, Sebastien Bassong, Wes Hoolahan, Luciano Becchio
Newcastle - Jonas Gutierrez is back training and in contention for a place in the Magpies' side. The Argentine international was allowed to return home last month for personal reasons. Defenders Steven Taylor and Massadio Haidara could also be involved after recovering from hamstring injuries. However, United will be without Mathieu Debuchy, who is serving a one-game ban, while Ryan Taylor (knee) remains sidelined.
Norwich - Striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel is ruled out with a toe muscle injury, joining goalkeeper Mark Bunn (ankle) and midfielder Alexander Tettey (ankle) on the treatment table. Winger Anthony Pilkington should be fit after being forced off against West Ham with a hamstring complaint.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "We've got ourselves in a poised position - now we need to capitalise on that, something we've not done well in the last 18 months. If we win we can put ourselves right in the mix. For us, it's a great opportunity and we don't want to pass on those opportunities. They don't come around very often in the Premier League. If we get ourselves in a good place with 50,000 (fans) that's going to make a big advantage and we need to make sure we carry that through."
Chris Hughton, Norwich manager: "When you're on the back of a win, and you've got a little bit of momentum, then of course they are the times that you're very much looking forward to the next game. It was a big win for us against West Ham, but we're also very conscious of where we are in this league. We're not that many points away from teams that are deemed to have had a good start to their season."
Mike Dean (The Wirral): 2013/14 record - 13 games, 43 yellow cards, 3 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
FANCY A FLUTTER?
To find the best odds for Saturday's match, thanks to our Official Betting Partner 138.com, click here.
DID YOU KNOW?
Since 2012, no player in the Barclays Premier League has scored more direct free-kicks than Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass. The Scottish international has netted four.