It’s high time Newcastle won a match

Last updated: October 16, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 4pm
Venue: St. James’ Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LDLLL
Away form: LDWDW
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

After having played 8 matches in The Premier League, Newcastle still haven’t recorded a victory. The Magpies have collected only three points ( 3 draws and 5 defeats). Their last match against Manchester City was disastrous; Newcastle were humiliated by The Citizens, losing 1-6 at The Etihad Stadium. After playing in such a game, the players are expected to be lacking in self-confidence, which is a must, to perform well on the pitch.

Despite Norwich’s defeat by Leicester in the last round of The Premiership, The Canaries played well throughout the match. Norwich City have lost just one game away from home this season (the visit to Southampton) and that’s proof of their good performance. Their new signing, striker Dieumerci Mbokani, scored a beautiful back-heel goal against Leicester finally showing his qualities. Now, he is expected to lead Norwich’s attack against The Magpies.

Norwich City are in for a hard time when they visit St. James’ Park. Newcastle haven’t lost in 14 of their 16 home games against The Canaries. The last Norwich away victory against Newcastle was on 17th Sep. 1988 when The Canaries won 2-0.

Team News

Only the striker Gary Hooper is suffering from an injury for Norwich and he is going to miss the visit to St. James’ Park.

Marveaux and Obertan have now recovered from their injuries and Steve McClaren can include them in Newcastle’s starting eleven.

Haidara and Riviere are long-term injured; both are suffering from a knee injury and are surely sidelined for the fixture. There are five more injured players in the Newcastle team. Colback (hamstring), Aarons (calf injury), Darlow (ankle injury), Taylor (knock) and Dummett (hamstring) can’t be used by the manager.

Tim Krul has suffered a season-wrecking knee injury that leaves Steve McClaren’s team without their top goalkeeper.

Quotes of the week

Steve McClaren  from Newcastle Steve McClaren (Newcastle) : “This is a big test for Newcastle.”

alex neil Alex Neil (Norwich) : “Hoolahan struggles with two games in a short space of time.”

Expected line-ups:

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Elliot, Coloccini, Janmaat, Mbabu, Mbemba, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Anita, Cisse, Ayoze, Mitrovic
Subs Thauvin, de Jong, Obertan, Toney, Marveaux, Tiote, Williamson.
Injured: Riviere, Dummett, Haidara, Taylor, Aarons, Darlow, Krul, Colback
Not available:
Norwich (4-4-1-1): Ruddy, Wisdom, Bassong, Brady, Martin, Whittaker, Redmond, Dorrans, Howson, Hoolahan, Mbokani.
Subs Johnson, Jerome, Rudd, Bennett, Mulumbu, van Wolfswinkel, Tettey
Injured: Hooper
Not available:

Key Battle

ayoze Ayoze this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
4 (2) 397 1 1,3 1 1 0 0
brady Brady this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
8 720 1 2 0 2 0 0

So far this season

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Newcastle this season Norwich this season
20 League Position 13
0 (0) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (1)
Biggest win 3-1 vs. Sunderland and Bournemouth
2 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (2)
2 (3) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (1)
1-6 to Manchester City Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Southampton
Wijnaldum (2) Top scorer Redmond, Martin (3)
Ayoze (1) Assist Leader Hoolahan (5)
Y17, R2 Discipline Y11, R1
4 Failures to score 1
1 Clean Sheets 0
4 Both Teams to Score Games 7
4 Over 2.5 Games 6
4 Under 2.5 Games 2
  • The last four Newcastle home matches against Norwich ended with a victory for The Magpies. Norwich’s last win against Newcastle at St. James’ Park was 27 years ago.
  • Newcastle have the second worst defensive record in The Premier League, having conceded 17 goals. Only Sunderland have conceded more goals.
  • The Magpies have lost 2 of their 4 home matches this season. The other two games at St. James Park ended in a draw; their most impressive result was against Chelsea (2-2).
  • Norwich’s last 2 away Premiership matches finished with 2 draws. The Canaries drew (1-1) against Liverpool and (2-2) versus West Ham.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
28/01/14 The Premier League Norwich 0-0 Newcastle
23/11/13 The Premier League Newcastle 2-1 Norwich Remy 2′
12/01/13 The Premier League Norwich 0-0 Newcastle
23/09/12 The Premier League Newcastle 1-0 Norwich Ba 20′
18/03/12 The Premier League Newcastle 1-0 Norwich Cisse 11′