Date: 1st April 2016 at 9:24am
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So, we’re just over 24 hours until the next of our ‘must win’ cup finals.

This time we’ve got to take on a Newcastle side looking for their fist win in six but with a new manager and a fresh sense of purpose after the McClaren debacle.

Revenge will be on the mind as we look to seek recompense for the 6-2 mauling we received at St. James Park. That defeat was very much when the Canaries were still in their Westley from Princess Bride phase; flashing our sabre around without much protection.

Nowadays we’re more like the black knight from the Meaning of Life. Much better protected but lacking the swordsmanship to actually be any kind of threat.

But Newcastle are not without their troubles; An injury list ever more compounded by the latest victim, second choice keeper Elliot out for six months with ligament damage sustained during the international break and a team also low on morale despite Rafa’s arrival and a hard-earned point in the Tyne Wear derby.

Norwich have not had any injury crisis from the internationals but still have a number of key personnel out on the sidelines but there is some depth to the squad and AN will certainly be looking to keep faith with the side that took a vital 1-0 win over West Brom last time out, our first away victory of the season.

That side had only one forced change, Seb Bassong in to partner wunder-kid Klose at centre back.

One interesting stat I read was that 48% of Norwich’s shots were from outside the area – where it’s almost impossible to score from unless you hit a wonder shot – so we’ll need to do better on that department.

Likely team:

1 John Ruddy
5 Russell Martin
6 Sebastien Bassong
8 Jonathan Howson
9 Dieumerci Mbokani
11 Patrick Bamford
12 Robbie Brady
16 Matt Jarvis
17 Timm Klose
23 Martin Olsson
28 Gary O’Neil

Some match facts:

Newcastle United have won four and lost none of the last six Barclays Premier League matches against Norwich City.
Newcastle scored six goals from six shots on target when they beat the Canaries 6-2 at St James Park in October.
Norwich have not lost at home to Newcastle in the top flight since January 1994, winning three and drawing two since then.
Rafael Benitez has won all three of his previous league meetings with Norwich.

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