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Newcastle v Norwich – Match Preview

Newcastle welcome Norwich to the Sports Direct Arena on Sunday, hopefully well rested after Alan Pardew left seven first team players at home for Thursday nights Europa League draw against Maritimo.

The likes of Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse and Hartem Ben Arfa did not travel to Portugal, and are all expected to start on Sunday.

Norwich arrive still searching for their first victory of the season, and are the lowest scorers in the division with just two goals in four games this season. Last seasons top scorer is still yet to get off the mark.

Chris Hughton makes his first return to the Sports Direct Arena since his harsh dismissal in December 2010. He will be without Simon Lappin and Steven Whittaker to inury, whilst Elliot Bennett is unlikely to feature despite returning to training following a knee injury.

Pardew is set to welcome back defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote, who has been missing since the opening day victory over Tottenham. That game remains Newcastle’s only Premier League three points of the season.

Defender Danny Simpson and goalkeeper Tim Krul are both unavailable through injury.

Prediction: Newcastle 2-0 Norwich 

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