Fabricio Coloccini - Newcastle United News

This Sunday sees Newcastle United attempt to overturn one of the poorest results of their season, as they host Norwich City at St James’ Park. When the Magpies visited Carrow Road earlier in the season, the aerial bombardment of Messrs Morison and Holt ensured the Geordies endured a miserable trip back up north. Dan Gosling was also sent off for Alan Pardew’s side as they went down 4-2 to the Canaries.

Demba Ba scored twice that day – although to no avail – and will be looking to do so again, having not found the net in his last four games, his worst run of league games since he started scoring post-Ramadan. Four games without a goal is hardly a barren run though and is surely a sign of how well things are going for Newcastle’s Sports Personality of the Year, Alan Pardew.

Ba could be once again partnered up front by Papiss Cisse, after the former Freiburg forward was dropped in the last-minute defeat against Arsenal on Monday night.

Pardew will have the same injury worries ahead of the game as he did for the Arsenal game, with Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Nile Ranger, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands, Sammy Ameobi and Nile Ranger all missing. Steve Harper could return to the bench though, after returning to training earlier this week.

The injury sustained to Danny Simpson in the build-up to the Arsenal winner on Monday night looks to have been shaken off by the former Manchester United man, although Ryan Taylor could also miss out after injury kept him out of the clash at the Emirates.

Norwich should be boosted by the return of former Leeds United midfielder Jonny Howson, however will be without Daniel Ayala, Marc Tierney and James Vaughan.

Paul Lambert’s team have impressed greatly since returning to the Premier League this season and look on course to retain their top flight status with ease, as they currently occupy 12th position – 14 points clear of the relegation zone.

The physical front line causes problems for many teams, something Newcastle should be used to after the four goals they conceded at Carrow Road all came from crosses into the box. They should cope better on Sunday though, as 6’ 4” centre-back Mike Williamson is sure to partner Fabricio Coloccini, rather than James Perch, who struggled in the reverse fixture.