Preview - Norwich City vs Newcastle United 17 August 19

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Match Day 2
Norwich City vs. Newcastle United
Saturday, August 17th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Carrow Road

Norwich City: 
Last five matches form: D D W W L
Average goals per match (18/19): 2.02
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.24
Top Scorer (18/19): Teemu Pukki (29)

Newcastle United:
Last five matches form: W D L W L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.11
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.26
Top Scorer (18/19): Fabian Schär (4)

Two sides who endured a losing start to the Premier League season do battle at Carrow Road this weekend. Both amongst the favourites for relegation this season, Norwich City and Newcastle United will be keen to get a win on the board sooner rather than later.

This will be the first time these sides have met since they were in the Championship together in the 2016/17 season. The game here finished in a 2-2 draw that year, with Newcastle coming out on top by the odd goal in seven in a thriller at St.James' Park.

Norwich's gung-ho attacking style may well work against some sides, but was always likely to come unstuck against Liverpool at Anfield, and so it proved with that match being as good as over at half-time. Norwich did cause the best defence in the country significant problems at times though and will likely be confident now playing in front of their own fans against a side who certainly aren't in Liverpool's class.

Newcastle for their part lost as expected against Arsenal, but were at least relatively solid at the back. The lack of threat at the other end of the pitch and absence of cohesion in midfield is very concerning though.

With a new manager and new players in key positions, Newcastle probably will improve as the season goes on. Coming up against a Norwich side who are very comfortable in their own skin though, and celebrating their return to the Premier League in front of their own fans, we see the Magpies coming up short.

Prediction: Norwich City 4 - 2 Newcastle United


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  13 - 14
Shots on target: 10 - 8
Corner Kicks: 7 - 5
Possession:  57% - 43%

Max Aarons was the only player booked for the home side. Joelinton, Paul Dummett and Sean Longstaff of Newcastle all had their names taken by referee Stuart Attwell.

A cracking afternoon for Norwich City on their first game back in the Premier League in front of their own fans. On top in possession and ahead on the shot count, they put a shoddy Newcastle side to the sword.

The opener arrived in the 32nd minute. Jamaal Lascelles partially clearing a cross in from the right, but the ball dropped perfectly into the path of Teemu Pukki around twelve yards out in the left of the area. Fine first-time volley from Pukki into the left-hand side. 1-0 at the break.

The second arrived in the 63rd minute. Todd Cantwell finding Pukki in the left of the area and the Newcastle defence completely failing to close him down. The frontman taking the invitation to fire home through the legs of Emil Krafth.

Fifteen minutes from time the Finnish forward grabbed his hattrick. Picking up the ball in the right of the area and drifting across the hapless Krafth before slotting home into the bottom right.

Newcastle did grab themselves a scarcely deserved consolation in the third minute of stoppage time. Sean Longstaff picking out Jonjo Shelvey with a nice ball into the left of the area. Shelvey cutting back onto his right and finishing well into the left-hand side of the goal from the right edge of the six-yard box.

Excellent result for Norwich, and the type of display which will give them a chance of staying in this league. Dire stuff from Newcastle. It may be early days, but relegation is already looking a distinct possibility.

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