Search

Newcastle United v Norwich City - Paddy Davitt’s prediction

17:05 16 March 2012

Jonny Howson

Jonny Howson's availability is a major bonus. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +447814 482222

Norwich City would have picked easier destinations to arrest a run of no wins in their last four. Newcastle’s impressive home form has been the backbone of a concerted push for European competition.

The Magpies have only lost twice in the north-east this season - although they left it late to salvage a share of the spoils against Sunderland last time out and squandered a two-goal lead to struggling Wolves before that.

Two results which the Canaries can draw strength from. Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse look a formidable front pairing, but the African duo’s partnership remains a work in progress. Neverthless, you suspect John Ruddy will again be tested with the hosts’ needing all three points after their own recent blip, and driven on by a raucous home crowd.

The Geordies may not have the deep central defensive injury crisis that proved their undoing at Carrow Road, but the likes of Grant Holt and Steve Morison can still wreak havoc - given the right service. Midfield is always a key battleground; none more so than against a quartet that fuses the combative Cheick Tiote - if fit - and the classy Frenchman Yohan Cabaye. Supplemented by international options out wide in the likes of Jonas Gutierrez and Hatem Ben Arfa.

Whichever personnel Paul Lambert selects, establishing parity in those central areas is a must. Jonny Howson’s availability is a major bonus in that respect. Given both clubs’ willingness to attack, you would think goals are a guaranteed outcome. Norwich certainly won’t be fazed by the big stage, as they have proved countless times this season. If they can dig in when the storm is at its height, they certainly have the ammunition at the opposite end of the pitch to match both Wolves and rivals Sunderland.

• Newcastle United 2, Norwich City 1

Related articles

7 comments

  • Ged, where's that Prozac the doc gave?.. You really must take them to help you get better...

    Report this comment

    Norfolk'n'good

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • I see repair has been retrospectively wreaked on wreck. Well done!

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 17, 2012

  • While Norwich have not proved anything "countlessly" in the Prem (I make it 28 games so far, and counting), I`ve lost count of the number of journalistic gaffes that have been sneakily corrected after being pointed out by a mere reader.

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 17, 2012

  • Agreed Paddy, we'll lose. Ged x

    Report this comment

    Ged Steroo

    Saturday, March 17, 2012

  • Newcastle is the place for a point not a STD.

    Report this comment

    Peter Watson

    Saturday, March 17, 2012

  • Gwaaan, Grant & Steve. Wreck heavoc (sic).

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 17, 2012

  • Prozac was designed for treatment of humans. The drugs don`t work on Trolls. Apologies to Verve.

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other Thetford and Brandon sport

Wed, 17:02
Thetford Dolphins made the short trip to Mildenhall for the West Row Coaches Trophy Gala.

Thetford Dolphins made the short trip to Mildenhall for the West Row Coaches Trophy Gala.

Wed, 16:56
Thetford AC athletes at the South of England Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill in London, (from left) Charlie Stone, Aiden Try, Jessica Norkett, Tom Mead and Joseph Smythe.

Thetford Athletics Club juniors made the annual pilgrimage to London for the South of England Cross Country Championships.

Matt Blake, 10, will be hoping to fire Norwich United to another victory this afternoon. Picture: STEVE ADAMS

Norwich United can take another giant step towards retaining their Premier Division crown by seeing off one of the chasing pack’s top sides.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Cameron Try at the Norfolk County Indoor Championships at Lynnsport.

There was double gold success for Thetford Athletics Club’s Cameron Try at the Norfolk County Indoor Championships, held at Lynnsport in King’s Lynn.

Most Read

FA Cup match, Norwich United v Wisbech Town. Norwich United manager Damian Hilton. Photo: Bill Smith

Norwich United chairman John Hilditch admitted Damian Hilton’s decision to leave the Planters and take over at Wroxham had caught him by surprise.

Read more
Damian Hilton
Wed, 17:02
Thetford Dolphins made the short trip to Mildenhall for the West Row Coaches Trophy Gala.

Thetford Dolphins made the short trip to Mildenhall for the West Row Coaches Trophy Gala.

Read more
Matt Blake, 10, will be hoping to fire Norwich United to another victory this afternoon. Picture: STEVE ADAMS

Norwich United can take another giant step towards retaining their Premier Division crown by seeing off one of the chasing pack’s top sides.

Read more
Damian Hilton
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Thetford Town Ladies sport their new look. Back row l-r: Karen Hodgkinson, Isabel Cockayne, Sarah Nichol, Alena Sweigart and Sharon Smith. Front row l-r: Christianne Church, Jess Simpson, Sophie Wheeler, Estee Ross, Paula Scott, Abby Rolph and Sophie Kelly.

An engineering firm has created a new fighting fit machine – Thetford ladies’ hockey team.

Read more
Friday, January 27, 2012

Excellent conditions greeted the 106 players, including 18 professionals, who took part in the latest of the winter Pro-Am series at Thetford Golf Club.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 3°C

min temp: 3°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Thetford and Brandon e-edition today E-edition