Norwich vs Newcastle – Match Preview

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The game today in East Anglia against Norwich City will see the debut of new signing Mathieu Debuchy, and it could even be the last game ever played  for Newcastle by captain Fabricio Coloccini, after his shock request yesterday to leave Newcastle to join San Lorenzo in Argentina for personal reasons.

And that shock request by the Newcastle captain, said to do with the ill health of his wife, is the very last thing Newcastle needed for this game, and the very last thing we want to hear as we try to strengthen our squad in the January transfer window  after Demba Ba, our top scored left to join Chelsea for bigger wages.

And this game comes after a diabolical display by a Newcastle team last Saturday at Brighton in the 2-0 loss in the FA Cup 3rd round tie,  one of the worst displays by a Newcastle side in a  long time.

The team news for Newcastle is that Shola Ameobi will be serving his one-match ban for getting sent off  at Brighton in the second half, and Cheick Tiote is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty with the Ivory Coast, for the second successive year.

However, there’s some good news in all of this – if you look for it deep enough – and Newcastle will have  striker Papiss Cisse (thigh) and midfielders Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Jonas Gutierrez (knee) all returning from injury, as well as new signing Mathieu Debuchy set to play his first game.

We are hoping that Yohan Cabaye will start the game and he could make a big difference for Newcastle – we hope he makes a big difference for Newcastle. 😀

There is a doubt about versatile James Perch, who injured his knee in the first half last Saturday,  and Steven Taylor (hamstring), Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Dan Gosling (ankle), Danny Simpson (hamstring), Ryan Taylor (knee) and Haris Vuckic (knee) are all out with injuries, although Steven Taylor is expected to return for the home game with Reading next Saturday.

For Norwich their captain and dangerous striker  Grant Holt (hamstring) and former Leeds man Jonny Howson look likely to make the game, but striker Steve Morison (thigh), goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh), midfielder Andrew Surman (knee) and defender Steven Whittaker (hip) will all miss this game.

It’s been some week for Alan Pardew, following the terrible performance at Brighton last Saturday – and the recent news regarding the Newcastle captain –  and the manager had this to say about the opposition yesterday:

“It’s a tough place to go and they are on a tricky run themselves. Someone will end up with a really good day and hopefully it’s us. We really need to get some momentum, for our fans who we really let down last week. We have to give a really good account of ourselves at Norwich and start putting some points on the board.”

If we assume that James Perch will be fit, this is a possible starting team today at Carrow Road:

Debuchy Williamson Coloccini (c) Santon
Perch Cabaye Anita
Marveaux Cisse Gutierrez
Subs: Harper Tavernier Bigirimana Ferguson Abeid Obertan Ameobi (Sa)

This is yet another important game for us, and another loss would send us further down the league table from our current position of 6th bottom,  and only add to the gloom and doom, which is rising rapidly because of the recent Fabricio Coloccini news .

The news has shocked Newcastle fans, and certainly shocked the living daylights out of me yesterday.

We beat Norwich at St. James Park earlier this season on 23rd September, with a goal from Demba Ba, who has now left us of course.

Today’s meeting is the 50th match between the two clubs, and the 48th in the league, and another defeat by Newcastle would be the 10th loss in the last 122 league games, and if we are going to survive in the Premier League this season, we will have to start winning some of these games shortly.

We had better start on that track this afternoon and get all 3 points.

Let us know how you think the game today will turn out.

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32 comments so far

  • Billythefish

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    A must win game. Cisse first goal 2-0

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    10 defeats in 122? That’s not too bad then.
    (Only joking ed)

    I reckon
    Debuchy Willo collo santon
    Bigi perch
    Marveaux Anita Jonas

  • kkma

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Will colo play?

  • croftus5678

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #4

    i say ober for guti other than that its the best team we have availible although with marv playing atleast we have someone who can take the freekicks guti wins

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    10 losses in 122 isn’t that bad, Ed you have some real high standards 🙂

    Two teams on a bad run (ours worse than theirs), anything could happen.

    Interested to see:

    1) How Cisse reacts to being the main man again.
    2) Where Colo’s heads at. If he’s off I’d like to think he’d give us his best whilst he’s here, but not sure where his heads at.
    3) DEBUCHY!
    4) Jonas after his time out. Was it workload crippling him a bit? How is he dealing with the Colo situation.
    5) General vibe and unity within the players and Pardew. Is there any fight in there?

    Come on lads, the toon army needs something today.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    As for the starting line up, I imagine Cabaye will be on the bench, as Pardew said. I know he’s done this before, but I get the feeling he’ll ease him in, he surely can’t afford to lose him for more games than we have.

    Also, with Shola out and Campbell back in the development squad, won’t Ranger likely be on the bench?

  • magpie6699

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7

    And Lo! Through the gloom a voice came from above, saying “Smile, things could be worse”.
    So I smiled – and they got worse!

  • Spotlight Kid

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #8

    The fact the team just about picks itself due to absentees, defections and injuries ironically makes it a more balanced ‘team’ line up on paper than anything Pardew could have ordinarily have dreamed up (HBA excepted of course).

    Big, big game for Cisse. It could well be a cracking match.

  • archaeomag

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #9

    . . .then we signed Bong and everbody forgot they wrer sad . .

  • archaeomag

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #10


  • croftus5678

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #11

    i’m hopeing the two best mates debuchy+cabaye will play like they have something to prove and rip norwich apart.
    just hope cisse has his scoring boots on now as there is a lot of pressure on the lad.
    + wheres ranger on the bench? cisse gets injured were screwed ! and ranger could do great against norwich poaching and heading

  • Slank

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #12

    I agree with Ibizatoon. Cabaye and Jonas will be / should be on the bench as both are coming back from injuries. Also think Ranger will join them on the bench.

    My team:

    Debuchy Willo Collo Santon
    Bigi Perch
    Anita Marveaux Obertan

  • Sinner

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Jonas 😡 😥

  • proudtobageordie

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Morning Gent’s

    Look at the state of our bench? Not one player on that bench is good enough for the Premiere League never mind NUFC. If we go behind today who can he call for from that bench to make an impact?

  • Sawbuck

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #15

    Payback time for Hoots. He’ll want to stuff the matchball down Llambias and Ashleys’ throat.

  • Sazzer

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Debuchy revolution begins today 😉 By the way, Ed, we’re suppose to have began talks for PEA yesterday.

  • proudtobageordie

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #17


    Thi PEA bloke keeps popping up. Who the hell is he mate??????????

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #18

    Sazzer….You sure there not discussing Ashleys dinner plans?

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #19


    Right then, another coffee for me. Ever since we’ve been surrounded by the Bong (talk) my spelling has gone to hell….hmmmm

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #20

    Proud –
    Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

    French winger from St Ettiene I think.

    Rumoured to be in talks with, but also im sure his club said he is staying put.

  • geordie157

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #21

    Abeid won’t make the bench, he isn’t good enough. He needs a loan move. Think ranger will be on the bench, perch too with bigi starting.

  • proudtobageordie

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #22


    Didn’t he play for St Ettiene last night?

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #23

    I’d like to see cabaye start today.

    Even if he just plays 45 minutes then is swapped at half time. Get as much as we can out of him with risking injury. If we bring him on with 20 minutes to go it could be too late.

  • wreker16

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #24

    What time is kick off???

  • Sawbuck

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #25

    Ibiza it’s the nerves i can’t believe the season has come to this. Hoots wants his revenge and \i don’t blame him.

  • Sawbuck

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #26


    3pm local time

  • Sir Braveheart

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #27

    PEA’s club say he’s not for sale.

    So using the laws of football he’ll have moved in two weeks time then?

  • yorkshire_mag

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #28

    Looking forward to seeing Debuchy Start, would like to see Cabaye get half hour. HWTL

  • countrylad14

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #29

    GK: Krul
    RB: Debuchy
    CB: Collo
    CB: Perch
    LB: Santon
    DM: Bigi
    DM: Anita
    AM: Marveaux
    RW: Jonas
    LW: Obertan
    ST: Cisse

    433 with Shola and Cabaye to come on second half

  • northernirishtoon

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #30

    Ironically it’s the most balanced team we’ve had out all season. Can feel a win in my bones. Mon the toon

  • Scotttoon

    Jan 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #31


    Agree with playing Perch CB rather than Williamson. No Shola to come off the bench though (although not saying that’s a bad thing) due to his suspension. Think that’s a strong line-up though. Can’t wait to see Debuchy and Cabaye in coming weeks, think they’ll reignite our season.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jan 12, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #32

    lose or draw today i cant see a win my prediction 3-1 to norwich


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