Norwich City face another must-win game as they travel to Newcastle United in the Premier League this weekend.
Daniel Farke’s side are bottom of the table and could take inspiration from their hosts rise in recent weeks.
Indeed, Steve Bruce has found his footing with the Magpies climbing away from danger, but can the Canaries spring a surprise at St James’ Park?
Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, possible XIs, key men and more.
When is Newcastle vs Norwich and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: St James’ Park
Date: Saturday, 2 February 2020
Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: Newcastle vs Norwich
17 August 2019: Norwich 3-1 Newcastle (Premier League)
14 February 2017: Norwich 2-2 Newcastle (Championship)
28 September 2016: Newcastle 4-3 Norwich (Championship)
2 April 2016: Norwich 3-2 Newcastle (Premier League)
18 October 2015: Newcastle 6-2 Norwich (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Newcastle (LDWLW) 15-13 Norwich (WDLWL)
Ones to watch
Newcastle: Miguel Almiron
Miguel Almiron has finally settled in England, adding goals to his game and looking far more like a Premier League player.
That said, he will be keen to provide more goals and assists as Newcastle continue their quest to pull away from the bottom end of the table. Almiron should be motivated by playing the league’s basement side this weekend.
Key stat: Almiron has made more successful passes ending in the final third (153) than any other Newcastle player in the Premier League this season.
Norwich: Emi Buendia
With Norwich having a creative maestro like Emi Buendia and a proven goalscorer like Teemu Pukki in their ranks, it’s perhaps a surprise that they are bottom of the Premier League.
But the fact is the goals simply haven’t been coming regularly enough, and Norwich’s defending has left a lot to be desired. Still, Buendia – with seven assists this season – has the potential to cause Newcastle some harm on Saturday.
Key stat: Only Kevin De Bruyne (85) has created more chances than Buendia (68) in the Premier League this season.
Confirmed Newcastle line-up:
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Confirmed Norwich line-up:
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— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) February 1, 2020
As each game goes by, Norwich know they must win the next one or they will fall further adrift from safety. Unfortunately for the Canaries, Newcastle will be determined to pick up a useful three points against a struggling side. The hosts should edge this one.