Momentum is a valuable thing in the world of football and Newcastle have the opportunity to gain just that when Norwich visit St James’ Park on Saturday.
The Magpies have gained successive wins against Premier League big boys Chelsea and Tottenham, and not only will be looking for a third straight victory, but will hope to maintain the impressive displays that have come with them. This is made all the more respectable when considering that they started the month following a derby day defeat to bitter rivals Sunderland. What will be the task for Alan Pardew now is keeping the club in a buoyant mood – Newcastle have a history of self-destruction and he will be keen to prevent this.
Norwich grabbed what many saw as a vital thre points at home to West Ham last time out, and it seems manager Chris Hughton will go into the game again viewing any potential result as vital points. The Norwich boss has only won three of his 24 away league matches since taking charge and will be hoping his side can find their scoring boots soon – they scored three against West Ham, as many as they had scored in the previous seven games before then. What will give hope to the club is they have the same amount of points as this stage last season and went on to make a strong finish, although they spent £25m over the summer.
Mathieu Debuchy serves a one match ban and will miss out, but Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett have returned to training and will be available.
The Canaries will again be missing Ricky van Wolfswinkel who is out with a toe injury. Anthony Pilkington should overcome a hamstring injury but Mark Bunn and Alex Tettey are definitely out.
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