Newcastle United travel to Norwich City's Carrow Road in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Since the turn of the year, only title-chasing Liverpool can better Newcastle's points tally of 29 from 14 games. Only the Reds and league-leading Manchester City have conceded fewer goals in this spritely spell for the Magpies.
Here's the XI Eddie Howe may deploy to maintain their stellar 2022.
1. Goalkeeper & defenders
Martin Dubravka (GK) - Despite their good form of late, Newcastle's number one has conceded seven goals in the club's last three away games.
Emil Krafth (RB) - Kieran Trippier's stand-in became the first fullback this calendar year to prevent Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha from completing a single dribble on Wednesday night.
Fabian Schar (CB) - The Swiss international hasn't missed a minute of Premier League football since Christmas, losing just three times (all away from home).
Dan Burn (CB) - During his Brighton days, Burn has never been part of a defence that has conceded a Premier League goal against Norwich.
Matt Targett (LB) - With Southampton, Fulham and Aston Villa, Targett has beaten Norwich in all five of his meetings with the Canaries.
Bruno Guimaraes (CM) - If the Brazilian winter arrival continues to create and score and throw himself around the pitch with the same startling regularity as he has in his first six starts for the club, then his ambitions of legendary status won't appear quite so far fetched.
Jonjo Shelvey (CM) - After scoring his first career goal against Norwich as a 16-year-old in 2009, the Canaries boss and former Newcastle player and manager Glenn Roeder presciently predicted: "I think the lad has got Premiership class stamped all over him."
Joelinton (CM) - The last time Newcastle played Norwich, Joelinton was still plugging away upfront. The Brazilian has since been moulded into a bombastic midfielder that is keeping £25m-summer signing Joe Willock out of the side.
Miguel Almiron (RW) - After keeping him in the side while in the midst of a 37-game scoring drought, how can Howe drop Almiron now that he actually has a goal to his name - and what a goal it was.
Chris Wood (ST) - In six league meetings with Norwich, Wood has plundered no fewer than five goals.
Allan Saint-Maximin (LW) - Across Newcastle's last ten games - in which Saint-Maximin has not scored or provided an assist - the Magpies have earned seven wins, showing signs of shedding their dependency on the forward who has no doubt acted as an effective decoy nonetheless.
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Source : 90min