A real six-pointer in the relegation battle!
Last updated: March 30, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Norwich City have finally recorded a victory in The Premier League. The Canaries won 1-0 against West Bromwich Albion in the previous round of the competition. They stopped their nightmare run of 11 consecutive matches without a victory. In addition, Norwich City are now 3 points in front of their opponents in the relegation battle.
The local rivals, Newcastle and Sunderland, who are also involved in the relegation battle, finished with a 1-1 draw. However, this result was very pleasing to Norwich, who stayed above the line in the 17th position of the standings. The Magpies should feel lucky with the draw, because The Black Cats deserved the victory.
The striker Jermain Defoe opened for Sunderland, just before the end of the first half. The English veteran scored with a diagonal shot from ten meters after the home keeper Rob Elliot tipped away a Fabio Borini’s shot, but the ball fell to Defoe, who found the net. The Defoe goal gave a deserved lead for the guests who were more active before the break, but Mitrovic equalized for Newcastle United in the second half and made the relegation battle even more interesting.
Gabriel Obertan has resumed full training for Newcastle United. The Frenchman had a hamstring problem. He has recorded 5 appearances this season.
Cheick Tiote, Paul Dummett, Fabricio Coloccini, Mbabu, Haidara and Tim Krul are the injured players in The Magpies’ squad.
Norwich City’s defender Ryan Bennett is suffering from an injury. He has recorded 17 appearances in The Premier League this season.
Alex Tettey and Andre Wisdom are the other main omissions for The Canaries. The Norwegian is suffering from an ankle injury.
|Norwich City (4-4-2):||Ruddy, Klose, Bassong, Olsson, Martin, O’Neil, Redmond, Brady, Howson, Mbokani, Bamford.|
|Subs||Rudd, Ivo Pinto, Naismith, Jarvis, Mulumbu, Jerome, Hoolahan.|
|Injured:||Wisdom, Tettey, Bennett.|
|Newcastle (4-2-3-1):||Elliot, Colback, Janmaat, Mbemba, Lascelles, Ayoze, Shelvey, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Townsend, Mitrovic|
|Subs||Saivet, Cisse, Darlow, Taylor, Obertan, Aarons, Riviere.|
|Injured:||Mbabu, Krul, Haïdara, Tiote, Dummett, Coloccini, Toney.|
So far this season
|Norwich this season||Newcastle this season|
|4 (3)||(at home) Wins (away)||4 (2)|
|3-1 vs. Bournemouth and Sunderland||Biggest win||6-2 vs. Norwich|
|5 (2)||(at home) Draws (away)||6 (1)|
|6 (11)||(at home) Losses (away)||5 (12)|
|2-6 to Newcastle||Biggest Defeat||1-6 to Man City|
|Redmond (5)||Top scorer||Wijnaldum (9)|
|Hoolahan (8)||Assist Leader||Sissoko (5)|
|Y55, R3||Discipline||Y50, R4|
|11||Failures to score||13|
|16||Both Teams to Score Games||14|
|16||Over 2.5 Games||15|
|15||Under 2.5 Games||15|
- Newcastle United have lost their last 7 Premier League games away from St. James’ Park. The Magpies have been struggling for the last 2 years when playing away.
- Rafa Benitez’s players have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 away league matches. They have conceded 14 goals in these games.
- There has been the option of ‘under 2.5 goals scored’ in Norwich City’s last 3 Premiership matches. Alex Neil’s players failed to score in 2 of these games.
- The Canaries have failed to win their last 5 Premier League matches at Carrow Road. The last time they achieved a home victory was on 2nd January 2016 (1-0 vs. Southampton).
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|18/10/15||The Premier League||Newcastle 6-2 Norwich||G. Wijnaldum 14′|
|28/01/14||The Premier League||Norwich 0-0 Newcastle||—|
|23/11/13||The Premier League||Newcastle 2-1 Norwich||L. Rémy 2′|
|12/01/13||The Premier League||Norwich 0-0 Newcastle||—|
|23/09/12||The Premier League||Newcastle 1-0 Norwich||D. Ba 20′|