Newcastle United v Norwich City - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Saturday 23rd November 2013 at 15:00. Venue: St. James' Park, Newcastle.

Odds: Newcastle United 4/5, Draw 14/5, Norwich City 7/2

Last season: Newcastle United 1-0 Norwich City

Preview & injury news

While Luis Suarez remains the marquee name in the Premier League, the work done by Loic Remy at Newcastle United is finally getting the recognition it deserves as the player is fast-establishing a winning argument that he belongs in the same breath as Manchester City star Sergio Aguero and the Liverpool forward.

Remy is fundamental to Newcastle's success in the final third. He is successful with nine of his 21 dribbles, possesses a decent crossing accuracy of 30%, has created ten chances for his team-mates, is an accurate striker of the football and, of course, has seven goals to date, almost half of his club's haul for the season.

For their season as a whole, Newcastle may well be the erratic team in the league thanks to big results claimed against Chelsea and Liverpool, but blips suffered to Hull City. Norwich, though, have problems at both ends of the pitch thanks to numerous concessions at the back and an injury up top (see below).

They are also one of the least injury-depleted teams in the league and may well welcome back Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett to the squad as they approach their full recoveries from respective hamstring injuries. Ryan Taylor remains sidelined with an ACL.

Norwich, meanwhile, are without Mark Bunn (foot), Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (foot), Elliot Bennett (knee), Alexander Tettey (ankle) while Anthony Pilkington may be fit.

Key stats

  • Newcastle United have kept their sheets clean in all of the last three meetings between these two.
  • Newcastle have shown great ability from distance, scoring five from outside the box.
  • Effective attacker Loic Remy is enjoying a rich vein of form having scored seven and assisted once in nine Premier League outings for the Magpies this season.
  • Bizarrely, Robert Snodgrass has displayed great creativity in providing 24 chances, but not one of those has turned into an assist…
  • Norwich City's away form under Chris Hughton leaves much to be desired as the Canaries have picked up three Premier League away points on just three occasions, drawing seven, losing 14.

5 players to watch

Loic Remy - According to data analysed by Here Is The City, Remy is the third most effective striker plying his trade in England. He is responsible for a goal or assist once every 81 minutes while Norwich City concede at a rate of one every 47 minutes, on average.

Leroy Fer - A mainstay in Norwich City's midfield, Fer is an all-rounder, as demonstrated by his successful tackling, his passing accuracy of 85%, his adept dribbling and creativity (12 chances to date). If City are threatening, expect Fer to be pulling the strings.

Yohan Cabaye - The Frenchman was on Arsene Wenger's wanted list throughout the summer but he remains a Magpie. With the winter market approaching, will Cabaye be looking to perform in such a manner that makes him an attractive commodity in the shop window?

Michael Turner - The defender has played every single minute available in the Premier League thus far this campaign, winning 16 tackles, clearing 72 times, blocking 12 times and intercepting 17 times. He'll need to be at his best to thwart United at home.

Tim Krul - The glovesman at St James' Park is almost as famous a jersey to wear as the number nine and Krul has continually wowed his manager Alan Pardew, claiming he is the best Dutchman in his position. He has the opportunity of winning a hat-trick of clean sheets (Chelsea, Tottenham) should he keep Norwich at bay on Saturday.

Last time they met

In the corresponding fixture last season, Hatem Ben Arfa was the star of the show as the Frenchman was at his playmaking best in the club's 1-0 victory over visiting Norwich City. He played a key part in Demba Ba's goal, the only one of the game, in a match that also saw the return of former manager Chris Hughton.

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