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Match Preview – Newcastle United vs Norwich City: Massive game for the Magpies who still search for their first win of the season

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Credit: @NUFC Instagram - Can Newcastle claim their first win of the campaign?

Newcastle welcome Dean Smith’s Norwich to St James Park on Tuesday night for a bottom of the table clash.

The home side sit winless at the foot of the Premier League and need a victory to help kickstart their season. The team in Black and White have boasted a mere six points from a possible 39 in the 2021-22 season.

It’s a must-win for Howe who will be in the dugout for the first time at St James’ Park on Tuesday evening.

The visitors come into the fixture on a three game unbeaten streak and search for their second away win this campaign. 

Three points separate the sides in 20th and 19th respectively, with the Magpies six points from safety.

The Canaries are the lowest scorers in the league, while Howe’s side have conceded on 29 occasions – the most by anyone so far this season. 

Norwich brought in their new manager the same time as the team from St James’ Park and are unbeaten under Smith, collecting four points from his first two games in charge.

In the same period, Howe failed to win his first match in charge at home to mid-table Brentford, before a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday.

Howe was never expected to claim his first win at the Emirates and will be happy with the deep block his side implemented – getting to 0-0 at half time.

However, it was all too familiar in the second half as Arsenal eased to victory with goals from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.

Home fixtures against Norwich and Burnley this week represent prime opportunities for the Magpies to lift themselves up the table and claim some much-needed points.

But, it won’t be easy as both opponents seek a priceless victory at St James’ Park. Two six pointers in the space of a week. 

Newcastle have shipped three goals in their previous three games on Tyneside and have the worst defensive record in the division.

The Yellows are certainly showing more resilience under their new manager and will be heading North in hope of claiming all three points come Tuesday Evening. 

The sacking of Daniel Farke last month, caused widespread confusion around the world of football but the decision has been seemingly justified.

A 2-1 win over Southampton started Smith’s reign as the Canaries go into the game tomorrow following a 0-0 home draw with a resurgent Wolves side – four points from two games represents a decent return.

However, the visitors remain in the relegation zone and equal on points with 18th place Burnley after their clash with Spurs was postponed due to the snow on Sunday afternoon. 

Credit: @NorwichCity instagram – Dean Smith has had a decent start to his reign as Norwich manager…

The most recent meeting between the two teams ended in a goalless draw at St James’ Park in February 2020 – the Canaries haven’t won on Tyneside since 1988.

The battle on Tuesday night promises to be full of entertainment if not quality and could go a long way in deciding the fate of both sides come the end of the season. 

Form

NUFC – L D L D D L

Norwich City – D L L W W D 

  • Newcastle have slightly edged the recent head-to-head record between the two sides – winning two and drawing two of the last five meetings.
  • The two sides have the worst defensive records in the Premier League conceding 29 and 27 goals respectively.
  • Norwich have the worst attacking record in the league having scored the fewest goals – just seven in thirteen games so far. Five of those have come in their last four games.

Team News

Newcastle are without both Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie due to suspension which means Tuesday night is an opportunity for two out of favour defenders to come into the side and make a difference. 

Jamal Lewis and Ciaran Clark are the likely replacements.

Jacob Murphy or Javi Manquillo challenge the position of Emil Krafth on the right, as the home side are expected to revert to a back four. Federico Fernandez may be back in contention since the 2-1 away defeat at Wolves last month.

Howe may turn to the hard-working Isaac Hayden and Miguel Almiron to provide some fresh legs and energy in the midfield. Jonjo Shelvey has played well in the two games under the new manager and is likely to be the creator in midfield once again. 

In desperate need of a win, Eddie Howe will be looking towards his defence for a decent display to give the attackers an opportunity to be on the front-foot and score the goals required to get their first win.

Meanwhile, Paul Dummett (calf) and Dwight Gayle (hamstring) are still unavailable.

The visitors were dealt a major injury blow last time out as midfielder Mathias Normann left the pitch with a suspected recurrence of a pelvic problem. Lukas Rupp may earn a start on Tuesday evening.

Sam Byram and Christoph Zimmerman are expected to remain out of the starting eleven for Norwich as Smith will be reluctant to make too many changes in the hope that his side continue their decent form. 

Expected line-ups:

NUFC:                                                                              Norwich City:

Potential NUFC line-up to face Norwich

Potential Norwich team to face NUFC on Tuesday…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-match thoughts? Will Howe revert to a back four? Can Newcastle get their first win of the season? Who makes your starting eleven?

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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend

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Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.

The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.

Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.

In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”

Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.

Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.

He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.

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Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team

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A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.

Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.

He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.

 

He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”

Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”

There were plenty of reaction tweets too….

@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”

@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”

@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”

Did you see what happened?

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Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen

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Mason Kirk (Credit: Family Picture)

Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.

Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.

The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.

His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.

“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”

“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.

“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.

“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”

Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.

“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”

“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”

ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.

Go here to donate to Great North Children’s Hospital.

Or to donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation go here.

 

 

 

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