Norwich City must expect an all out attack from Newcastle United
Newcastle United's continued quest for a return to European football will mean all-out attack in this weekend's televised Premier League meeting, the Canaries have been warned.
The Magpies' hopes of a Champions League place have faded badly after taking just two points from the past four games, but they are still well placed to challenge for a Europa League spot next season.
If they hang on to their current sixth place, it could be enough to qualify, with Norwich City's visit to St James' Park on Sunday (4pm) their first chance to return to winning ways. United have scored more goals than any team outside the top five, apart from Blackburn who have also netted 40 times, but Alan Pardew's men have also conceded more than anyone outside the bottom five – except for the Canaries.
It points to another potentially high-scoring encounter after City's thrilling 4-2 win at Carrow Road in December.
French winger Gabriel Obertan, who won a recall for Monday's 2-1 defeat at Arsenal, insists Newcastle's European dream is not over and says they feel they have a point to prove on home soil after successive draws against Wolves and Sunderland.
'We still believe about Europe,' said Obertan, who hopes to keep his place against the Canaries after being used in a more central role at the Emirates Stadium.
'We will try to make it. Monday was important to that but it is not over.
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' We will try to get into the Europa League now because the top four looks unlikely.'
The 23-year-old Obertan told the Northern Echo home form was crucial to Newcastle's European hopes.
'We want to prove a point at home. We want five wins from five home games,' he said.
'We have to attack Norwich and I hope to be able to play my part.'
Pardew is waiting on the fitness of Cheik Tiote and Ryan Taylor. Tiote departed holding his thigh at Arsenal, while Taylor missed the game with a sore calf.
City, six places and eight points behind Newcastle, will be looking for their fifth Premier League away victory of the season and their fourth double of the campaign.
Manager Paul Lambert was today expected to give a fitness update on defenders Daniel Ayala (hamstring) and Marc Tierney (knee) and striker James Vaughan (hamstring), as well as midfielder Jonny Howson, who missed last Sunday's 1-1 draw at home to bottom club Wigan because of illness.
Norwich have slipped from eighth to 12th in the table while taking just one point from the previous three matches, but are still 14 points clear of the bottom three with 10 games to go.
They will be looking for their first win at Newcastle for 24 years. Goals from Dale Gordon and Robert Fleck gave them a 2-0 victory in September 1988, leaving Dave Stringer's team top of Division One with maximum points from their first four games.
City visited St James' Park twice in 2004-05, their last season in the top flight, drawing 2-2 in the league fixture with goals from David Bentley and Gary Doherty, but losing 2-1 in the Carling Cup third round.