In a staggered week of Premier League fixtures, Newcastle United can assert themselves as top six contenders on Sunday should they prove victorious against Norwich City as Bet365 make Alan Pardew’s odds on to take all the points at the Sports Direct Arena.
The Canaries will travel to the Sports Direct Arena without a win in their last four outings, including a draw against basement side Wigan Athletic last weekend.
Paul Lambert’s team haven’t won in over a month and will find it hard to turn that statistic around this Sunday when they go up against the Magpies who have looked impressive when going forward at home.
Pardew’s side have scored an average of 1.50 goals per game when performing away from home this campaign and are yet to lose a Premier League fixture at home in 2012.
Pardew will be pleased to hear that defensive duo Danny Simpson and Ryan Taylor are both in contention to return from injury this weekend and could face late fitness tests prior to the clash.
James Vaughan, Decland Rudd, Marc Tierney and Daniel Ayala will all miss the fixture for Norwich after varying periods out with injury.
With Sammy Ameobi, Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands all unavailable for Newcastle with injuries, January signing Papiss Demba Cissé will be expected to partner Demba Ba up front as the Senegalese pair continue their attacking threat.
The North East outfit are, like their Sunday opponents, without a win in four matches and if they are to establish themselves as future contenders for a top four finish, they’ll be expected to come out as victors on Sunday.