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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.

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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:

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Potential NUFC line-up to face Norwich

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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.

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Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.

This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.

Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.

The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche. 

But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.

This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.

This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.

Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.

Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.

Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.

In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.

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Transfer News: Newcastle Sign Everton Winger Anthony Gordon In 45m Deal

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Newcastle United have agreed to sign Everton winger Anthony Gordon for an initial fee of £40,000,000, which could rise to £45,000,000 with add-ons

Sky Sports understands that personal terms between Newcastle United and Gordan’s representatives are still ongoing, but both parties are confident of reaching an agreement.

The Magpies’ were interested in bringing Gordon to St James’ Park in the summer. However, both clubs were far apart on valuations for the player.

The 21-year-old has failed to attend training at Finch Farm for the last three days after making it clear he wants to move away from Goodison Park.

Chelsea were interested in bringing Gordon to Stamford Bridge in the summer and were willing to pay up to £60,000,000 for the wide-man’s services. However, Everton were reluctant to let their talisman leave before the start of the 2022/2023 Premier League season.

Gordon has scored just 3 goals in 16 Premier League appearances (12 starts) this season for the struggling Toffees, who currently sit second bottom of the table.

That said, the former Preston North End loanee had his best campaign last season, playing a major part in Everton’s Premier League survival.

The Everton academy graduate had 6 goal involvements in 35 Premier League games (25 starts) last season, which was the first season he had a consistent run of games.

It’s clear that Gordon has a significant amount of potential, and with Eddie Howe at the helm, Newcastle could be getting a very exciting player.

We have seen an unbelievable transformation in many players’ performances since Eddie Howe took charge in November 2021, with the most obvious transformation being Joelinton’s positional change.

The Liverpool-born winger can play in several forward positions, which is the type of player Eddie Howe has been keen to add during the January window, especially after Chris Wood’s loan departure to Nottingham Forest.

Joelinton is currently being deployed as a left-winger, with Allan Saint-Maximin in the process of regaining match fitness.

The addition of Gordon could see Joelinton be moved back to his preferred position as a box-to-box midfielder. This would see one of Sean Longstaff or Joe Willock drop out of the eleven, with Bruno Guimarães making that number 6 role untouchable.

Four days remain of the January transfer window, and it is yet to be seen if Anthony Gordon is the only player The Toon are adding to their ranks.

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Gary Lineker shocked as ‘adult noices played on BBC Live on air!

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Viewers on Tuesday night prior to the FA cup football games were left shocked and confused as noises of an adult nature were played in the BBC studio – Live on air!

 

Gary Lineker reacted fast to try to address and cover up the noise before going live to Alan Shearer.

 

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