Newcastle United v Norwich City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Newcastle United v Norwich City

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Sunday, February 2, 2020


St James’ Park

Punter's Pick

The form guide doesn’t reflect positively for Norwich and it is difficult to see how they could create the chances to push past a stubborn Newcastle side. The Canaries will take heart from the fact that one of their standout performances was in the reverse fixture where they won 3-1 courtesy of a Teemu Pukkis hattrick. But the game is likely to be a cagey affair with few opportunities for goals and that is why we are backing the under 2.5 goals market offered by Bet365 at odds of 4/5. The odds on under 12 corners also looks generous at 8/13 and can be added to boost the overall value of your bet.

Newcastle United welcome bottom club Norwich City to St James’ Park with both teams still more concerned about avoiding relegation rather than pushing for positions in the top half of the table. Newcastle have a seven point cushion from the drop zone while Norwich will still believe they can survive given the form of those around them. Who will come out on top in this crucial encounter?

Newcastle have enjoyed a period of sustained success with the team now boasting an unbeaten run in their last six games in all competitions. A credible draw away at Wolves was followed by an excellent 1-0 victory over top four hopefuls Chelsea. Newcastle seem to have found a formula which is built on remaining tight at the back and hustling forward at specific periods to try and nick a goal. Steve Bruce will certainly be happy that his team never give up and the late winner against Chelsea was surpassed when Florian Lejeune scored two after 90 minutes to grab a point in a 2-2 draw against Everton. The likes of Almiron are now starting to settle and demand the ball more, helping to create opportunities with the Longstaff brothers starting to establish themselves in the midfield. It will still be a tough run in for the Magpies but fans will be breathing easier having gotten a cushion between themselves and the drop zone.

Norwich CIty are now desperate for points as the task to get themselves out of the bottom three grows increasingly difficult with each passing week. They have won just one of their last 11 games when they beat Bournemouth 1-0. Daniel Farke will be buoyed by the fact that there have been some very noteworthy draws against the likes of Tottenham and Leicester City in recent weeks but their lack of goals is becoming an issue and more support needs to be provided to Teemu Pukki.

In team news, Newcastle still have a long injury list and will be without Jack Colback, Ki Sung-Yueng, Paul Dummett, Jetro Willems, Yoshinori Muto, Emil Krafth, Florian Lejeune, Javi Manquillo, Dwight Gayle and Jonjo Shelvey. Andy Carroll is also struggling for fitness and the former England man could join the others on the sidelines.

Norwich City will be without ben Godfrey who is still serving a suspension with Timm Klose also ruled out.

Punter's Pick

The form guide doesn’t reflect positively for Norwich and it is difficult to see how they could create the chances to push past a stubborn Newcastle side. The Canaries will take heart from the fact that one of their standout performances was in the reverse fixture where they won 3-1 courtesy of a Teemu Pukkis hattrick. But the game is likely to be a cagey affair with few opportunities for goals and that is why we are backing the under 2.5 goals market offered by Bet365 at odds of 4/5. The odds on under 12 corners also looks generous at 8/13 and can be added to boost the overall value of your bet.

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