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Premier League Preview: Norwich - Newcastle United

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  PROBABLE LINEUPS


NORWICH

Bunn
Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido
Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington
Hoolahan

Holt

NEWCASTLE
 
Krul
Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon
Anita, Marveaux, Tiote
Obertan, Cisse, Sa Ameobi


Norwich boss Chris Hughton is still without first-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy (hip) but deputy shot-stopper Mark Bunn has performed impressively in his absence of late.

The Canaries will also be without Andrew Surman (knee), Steven Whittaker (hip) and Steve Morison (thigh), but welcome midfielder Bradley Johnson back from a one-match suspension.

Elsewhere, skipper and top-scorer Grant Holt should be in contention, after returning from a hamstring injury in training, while Jonny Howson faces a late fitness test after suffering with illness all week.

Visiting boss Alan Pardew, meanwhile, could hand new signing Mathieu Debuchy his Newcastle debut at right-back, with Danny Simpson out with a foot injury

Shola Ameobi is unavailable in attack, due to a one-match ban, so Papiss Cisse will be reinstated to the centre.

Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Steven Taylor (hamstring) are closing in on a return and the Frenchman could feature, but Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) and Ryan Taylor (knee) remain sidelined long-term.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Norwich has lost its last four Premier League games, all by a one-goal margin.

  • Defender Russell Martin has scored three goals in his last two league games for Norwich. Two of the strikes came in the Canaries' 4-3 home defeat to champions Manchester City.

  • Norwich has won just once in six league encounters, although Chris Hughton's side had embarked upon a 10-match unbeaten run prior to their barren spell.

  • The Canaries have won five of their 10 league matches at Carrow Road this season, drawing twice and losing on just three occasions.

  • Newcastle has failed to register a win on their travels in 10 attempts this term, drawing four and losing six of their away-day encounters.

  • The Magpies have also lost their last three matches, having picked up just one win in their last six outings.

  • Newcastle's current top-scorer, Papiss Cisse (pictured right), has only scored four league goals this season. Former teammate Demba Ba scored 13 for the Magpies this campaign, but has now completed a move to Chelsea.

  • Alan Pardew's side has only kept three clean sheets all season, with its last one coming in the 1-0 win against bottom side QPR in December.

  • The clubs' Premier League head-to-head record is all square, with both sides winning twice and drawing once. However, Newcastle lead the overall head-to-head thanks to a 2-1 League Cup victory in October 2004.
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