Norwich City v Newcastle United

There's a relegation battle set to take place at Carrow Road, where Norwich City take on struggling Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.

Norwich are outside the relegation zone, but dangerously close to the edge. Just two points separate the Canaries from third-from-bottom Sunderland, with Newcastle a point further behind.

That means defeat could see Norwich slip into the bottom three, although their confidence received a welcome boost prior to the international break, when a 1-0 victory over West Brom ended a run of 10 games without a win, including eight defeats.

The Magpies are second-last in the standings, but will be boosted by the arrival of experienced manager Rafa Benitez in place of the sacked Steve McClaren. The Spaniard suffered defeat in his first match in charge, their fourth loss in a row, but earned a point in a 1-1 draw against derby rivals Sunderland prior to the international break.

This match will have a significant impact on the relegation battle, with Crystal Palace five points above Norwich, and Aston Villa nine below Newcastle, it seems most likely that only one of Norwich, Newcastle, or Sunderland will avoid the drop.

Newcastle have a number of injury concerns, including goalkeepers Rob Elliott and Tim Krul (both anterior cruciate ligament), Paul Dummett (hamstring), Fabricio Coloccini (calf/shin), Cheick Tiote (muscular injury), and Curtis Good (hip/thigh). However, Daryl Janmaat (knee), Kevin Mbabu (hip/thigh) and Gabriel Obertan (hamstring) are expected to be available.

Norwich are hoping to have Scottish striker Steven Naismith (hamstring) fit and ready to feature along with Ryan Bennett (eye), but the match will come too soon for Nathan Redmond (ankle) and Alexander Tettey (ankle).

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