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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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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.

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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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newcastle To Reignite Interest In Leicester City Playmaker

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According to The Times, Newcastle are considering making a fresh move for James Maddison in January.

The Magpies saw two bids knocked back for the former Norwich City midfielder in the summer transfer window, with the second offer believed to be in the region of £45,000,000.

It was reported that Leicester were holding out for £60,000,000 for Maddison’s services, which was deemed too high by The Magpies’ heirarcy.

However, The Times is reporting that Newcastle are still keen on signing the 25-year-old to add further creativity to their midfield three.

The Toon will be hoping to agree on a cut-price for Maddison because, come January he will have 18 months left on his current Leicester contract.

The Foxes have had a torrid start to the new Premier League season, occupying the league’s bottom spot with just one point on the board.

There is uncertainty around the future of Foxes’ manager Brendon Rodgers, as Leicester City chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha is set to attend Monday’s fixture against Nottingham Forest, his first for six weeks.

If Leicester fail to win on Monday night, it could mean the end of Rodgers’ time at the King Power Stadium.

Besides Leicester’s poor start to the season, James Maddison has been a shining light scoring 3 goals in 6 games from midfield.

What would Maddison add to Newcastle?

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James Maddison heatmap – Credit: SofaScore

From the heatmap above, you can gather that Maddison is given a free role behind the striker, as he often takes up positions on the left, right and centrally.

Last season Maddison was 6th for big chances created with 11. Newcastle’s highest was Allan Saint-Maximin with 7.

In addition, Bruno Guimarães was The Magpies’ most creative midfielder with 3 big chances created and he only arrived in January.

This shows that Newcastle are lacking creativity from the midfield positions, hence the club’s eagerness to strike a deal for Maddison.

The Foxes’ star man doesn’t just give you creativity from midfield he also plays his part with goals too, something that again is lacking in Eddie Howe’s current midfield options.

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Fulham vs Newcastle United: Match Preview

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The start of the new month marks the return of Premier League action for Newcastle United as they travel to the capital to face Marco Silva’s Fulham.

 

The newly promoted side couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. 

 

Ever since they held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw, back at the beginning of August, their momentum has continued to carry.

 

Wins against Brentford, Brighton and Nottingham Forest, paired with an important point away to Wolves have placed The Cottagers in 6th place in the Premier League. 

 

Not to mention, two, narrow 2-1 defeats to fellow London clubs Arsenal and Spurs, away from home, that both proved Fulham are here to play with the big boys this season and really do mean business.

 

Newcastle have not managed to win a Premier League game since the opening day of the season and an unconvincing performance in their previous encounter with Bournemouth suggests all three points are needed this Saturday. Especially, if the Magpies wish to gather momentum to push for a European spot this season.

 

However, the international break has not exactly done Eddie Howe any favours when it comes to picking his starting eleven for Saturday.

 

Chris Wood (rib) and Alexander Isak (thigh) will both be unavailable due to injuries picked up on international duty for New Zealand and Sweden.

 

Elliot Anderson is also a doubt to feature after he was forced to pull out of the Scotland U21 side due to a hamstring injury. The youngster could still make the squad, however, as reports revealed he has been training throughout the week.

 

Check out our full international round-up: https://northeastupdates.com/international-round-up-another-striker-injured-and-pope-starts-for-england/

 

Another positive for Newcastle United is the return of Jamal Lewis. Jamal started and played 153 minutes for Northern Ireland in their Nations League games against Kosovo and Greece.

 

Craig Hope, Daily Mail North-East football correspondent confirmed yesterday that he understands Bruno Guimaraes and Callum Wilson will both be “fine” for the Fulham game and that Allan Saint-Maximin has a “chance of bench”. He also confirmed the injured Jonjo Shelvey is making great progress and “is nearing return”.

 

 

As for Fulham, the obvious dangerman is former Magpies man Aleksandar Mitrovic who has already bagged himself six Premier League goals this season. However, the Serbian’s availability for his Newcastle United reunion is in doubt, this comes after the striker was spotted with a bandaged foot leaving the Ulleval stadium in Olso. Mitrovic scored in the 54th minute to make it 2-0 against Norway and put his side top of their Nations League B group.

 

 

New signings have made an impact for The Cottagers. Joao Palhinha, Andreas Pereira, Bernd Leno and Willian have all established themselves as first-team players since signing for the club in the summer. A few notable names with the likes of Leno and Willian having much-needed key Premier League experience.

 

Fulham haven’t beaten Newcastle since 2017 when they met in the Championship. Mitrovic was on the bench for the Toon that day as goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Tom Cairney handed Fulham a 3-1 win and all three points over Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle.

 

Since then, Newcastle haven’t managed to break the deadlock at St James’ Park when playing Fulham, drawing 0-0 in 2018 and 1-1 in 2020. However, they have been successful away from home keeping two clean sheets and scoring six goals in the last two away trips to Craven Cottage. Something Eddie Howe will look to continue on Saturday.

 

With Man United, Spurs, Wolves and Aston Villa all to be played in the month of October, these are the sorts of games the Magpies must take advantage of.

 

Kick-off is at three o’clock with England Darren as referee.

 

So, what do you think? How important would three points be for Newcastle on Saturday? Fulham a tough team to beat?

 

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PREDICTED LINEUP:

 

Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, Willock, Bruno, Joelinton, Almiron, Wilson, Fraser

 

PREDICTED SCORE:

 

Fulham 1 – 2 Newcastle United

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International round-up: Another striker injured and Pope starts for England

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With a number of Newcastle United favourites in international action over the last week, some have impressed, but Chris Wood has added to a growing list of injury worries.

Nick Pope won his first international cap as a Newcastle United player during England’s disappointing 1-0 loss to Italy on Friday. He was picked ahead of Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale with Southgate’s first choice, Jordan Pickford, out injured. 

Despite the loss, solid shot-stopping and a command of his area may have helped Pope in his push for the World Cup squad. Pickford’s distribution and record for England will be hard to surpass, but Pope looks set to be England’s second choice keeper in Qatar this winter, as shown by Southgate sticking with him for Monday’s 3-3 draw with Italy. 

Pope’s performance against Germany was less than infallible, with a spillage leading to Havertz’s late equaliser. With England’s next action against Iran at the World Cup on 21st November, the Magpies’ no. 1 will hope he has done enough to be in Southgate’s plans.

Newcastle’s other representative in the Three Lions’ squad, Kieran Trippier, did not feature in either of the two Nations League games, with Reece James preferred at right wing-back.

Elsewhere, Ryan Fraser featured in two wins for Scotland, over Ukraine and Ireland. Against Ukraine on Wednesday, he impressed with two assists from corners. The Newcastle winger made another substitute appearance against Ireland on Saturday. Scotland face Ukraine again on Tuesday night, with the possibility of further action for Fraser in a packed schedule.

Down under, Chris Wood captained New Zealand in a 1-0 loss to Australia on Thursday. He faced the Socceroos again on Sunday, but was taken off with a rib injury. With Isak out too, Newcastle will likely be left with only the newly fit Callum Wilson as an attacking option come the return of the Premier League.

Miguel Almiron played the full 90 minutes of Paraguay’s 1-0 win over UAE on Friday, and could start again as the South American side face Morocco on Tuesday.

Newcastle star Bruno Guimaraes missed out on Brazil’s 3-0 demolition of Ghana on Friday, but could see action as his nation take on Tunisia on Tuesday.

Eddie Howe will hope his international contingent avoid any further injuries and are fit to face Fulham away on Saturday.

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