Tonight Newcastle United will travel to Carrow Road to play Norwich. The last time these two teams played it ended in a 4-3 win for Newcastle with a last gasp Dwight Gayle goal.
The big talking point team sheet wise is the possible return of star striker Dwight Gayle. Gayle has netted 20 goals this season but hasn’t featured since the 2-1 win against Brentford in mid-January with a hamstring injury. Having Gayle back will be a huge boost as him and Shelvey have reaped havoc on the Championship. In other injury news, Anita and Aarons will both definitely miss tonight’s match with an ankle injury and an Achilles tendon rupture respectively.
Norwich midfielder Alexander Tettey will return from a two-match suspension but defender Ivo Pinto may miss tonight’s match after he was taken off with an ankle injury in their match against Nottingham Forrest.
In their last five matches, Newcastle have claimed victory three times; there’s been one draw and Norwich have won once. The first of these meetings was in November 2013 when Newcastle won 2-1 with goals from Loïc Rémy and Yoan Gouffran. Leroy Fer scored a late consolation goal for the Canaries. The next match came in the form of a boring 0-0 draw. The most exciting moment of the match was a red card for Loïc Rémy. Next came the 6-2 demolition of Norwich. A brace from Gini Wijnaldum, one from Mitrovic and another from Perez sealed the match. The next match was a 3-2 win for Norwich. This match was one of the most frustrating matches I’ve ever watched. Mitrovic scored a penalty in the 86th minute to level the scores to 2-2. Everything seemed fine and it looked like we had salvaged a point. But then Martin Olsson scored a 90th-minute goal. Sickening. The last and most recent match is the 4-3 win for Newcastle at St James’ Park. The home side found themselves 3-1 down with 20 minutes remaining. Everything looked bleak but then two late goals from Gayle and Gouffran won the game at the very death and sent the Newcastle fans into raptures.
My prediction is a scrappy 1-0 or 2-1 win. Newcastle have the best away record in the league and if Lascelles and Clark put in another solid performance Darlow will have nothing to worry about.