Newcastle v Norwich: St James’ Park factor key to Magpies pecking off Canaries at 11/10

Alex’s Neil’s men won’t like the trip north, even after five wins on the spin

Leeds v Newcastle

Newcastle meet Norwich on Wednesday night (7.45pm) knowing a win will push them right in with a shout of the automatic promotion spots.

Rafa Benitez’s men face a team relegated with them from the Premier League last season for the second time in the space of five days in the form of the table-topping Canaries.

After conceding a late leveller in Saturday’s evening kick-off with Aston Villa, the Magpies will be all out to return to winning ways.

With a one point lead on top of the Championship, Alex Neil will be trying to steel his charges for a packed St James’ Park that hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for his men over the years.

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Newcastle have won the last eight contests between the clubs at their iconic home venue and you have to go all the way back to September 1988 for the last Norwich win away at the Magpies.

That record will worry Neil, who’ll be hoping his side can bury a few ghosts at . They do, however, approach the match on the back of a five-game winning run – including a hard-fought 3-1 success at home against newly promoted Burton Albion last time out.

It’s very hard to ignore such one-sided history though, and with that in mind a ninth home success in a row at could be on the cards.

As if to empathise that point, Newcastle spanked Norwich 6-2 in their home meeting last season – although their four-goal hero that day, Georginio Wijnaldum, has since moved onto Liverpool.

Goal rush

One thing neither side has been afraid of doing this season has been putting the ball in the onion sack on a regular basis.

Newcastle have hit a mammoth total of 17 in their nine games this season, with Canaries one behind on an impressive 16.

Both teams to score on Wednesday will land you and a cheeky wager could be Newcastle to win with both teams scoring at .

Marvellous Murphy and galloping Gayle

With us punting on both teams to score, we’d be negligent if we didn’t have a look at likely first goal scorers.

Two names that immediately spring off the page are Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle at or an punt on Norwich’s Jacob Murphy.

Both have scored four times in this season’s Championship, with Murphy finally establishing himself as a Canary after being farmed out on loan six times since his first appearance in 2013.

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One player in with a really good shout of an anytime goal is Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson.

The former Leeds man is on an average of a goal every three games and has netting twice already in the league this month.

Howson can be found at nifty for those who fancy it.

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