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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(40) 24 Goals 13 (43)
(27) 17 Assists 11 (23)
(6.5) 6.7 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.6)
31.2 Average Age 31.1
182 Average Height (cm) 182
(0.9) 0.9 Shots pg 0.7 (1.1)
(48%) 51% Aerial Duel Success 50% (49%)
(0.5) 0.4 Dribbles pg 0.8 (0.6)
(1.5) 1.1 Tackles pg 1.3 (1.5)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
John Ruddy Out 6.8
Andrew Surman Out 6.15
Steven Whittaker Out 6.78
Steve Morison Out 6.13
Grant Holt Doubtful 6.67
Player Reason Status Rating
Hatem Ben Arfa Out 7.04
Yohan Cabaye Out 7.2
Dan Gosling Out 6.07
Haris Vuckic Out N/A
Ryan Taylor Out 6.51
Vurnon Anita Out 6.44
Shola Ameobi Out 6.36
James Perch Doubtful 6.56
Steven Taylor Doubtful 6.66

Team News

  • Grant Holt may not be ready to return in time here, after missing Norwich's last 3 games with a hamstring injury, and with Steve Morison definitely out, Harry Kane could be in line for another start up front.
  • After a mediocre performance in the loss to West Ham, though, and with Jackson scoring in the FA Cup last week, Kane may struggle to hold onto his place in the team.
  • Bradley Johnson is back from suspension and will slot straight back into midfield, alongside either Tettey or Howson.
  • Newcastle have vast injury problems, and with the team sliding down the table, Alan Pardew is likely to risk any players he deems important and fit enough to make a difference.
  • Cisse, Gutierrez and Coloccini will all start despite carrying knocks, while Perch could play as well, while new signing Mathieu Debuchy is likely to be involved.
  • Added to that is the fact that Cheik Tiote has joined up with the Ivory Coast squad for the African Cup of Nations and will be absent for the coming weeks.
  • Yohan Cabaye has stepped up his recovery but this game is likely to come too soon for him, though he may appear from the bench.


  • After an incredible 10 game unbeaten run in the league, out of nowhere, Norwich lost all 4 of their games over the Christmas period, and will have been happy to have had the break for the FA Cup last week.
  • Newcastle have been in similar decline, losing 9 of their last 11 league games; a run that has seen them slide down to 15th place in the table, just 2 points above the relegation zone. After 21 games in the 2008/09 season - when they were relegated - Newcastle had 3 more points and were 4 places higher than they are now.
  • With both teams off form, something will have to give, and this is a great chance for either side to stop the slide. The last 5 meetings have seen home wins on each occasion, and we could well see another one here given Newcastle's vast problems.
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