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Both Norwich City and Newcastle United hope the second week of the Premier League season goes better than the first.

Each side will look to bounce back from an opening defeat Saturday when they meet at Carrow Road.

Norwich City's return to the Premier League is not off to a good start, then again, they were tasked with facing mighty Liverpool at Anfield. Their first top-flight campaign since 2015-16 actually could not have begun worse with Grant Hanley's own goal in the seventh minute ushering in their return.

By the time Teemu Pukki scored in the 64th minute, Liverpool were up 4-0 and Norwich were planning a method to regroup.

"It's a tough one to take," defender Ben Godfrey told Norwich's official website. "At the top level, they'll take their chances. (Liverpool are) one of the best teams in the world for a reason. We can't be too disheartened by it.

"Experiences like this are invaluable. You can take so much from them, positive and negatives. It will do us the world of good. We can only learn and it will make us stronger."

That remains to be seen, but at least Norwich move on with their first home game of the season awaiting. They were a stellar 15-4-4 at home last season in the Championship, but things are obviously more daunting in the Premier League, regardless the pitch.

"Every team is good in this league," Godfrey added. "We're looking forward to it. (The Liverpool loss is) gone ... We'll look ahead."

The Canaries last squared off with Newcastle when both sides were part of the Championship in the 2016-17 season. The last time these teams met in the Premier League was in 2015-16.

The Magpies, meanwhile, head to Carrow trying to rebound from a 1-0 home loss to Arsenal last weekend. Though Newcastle was on the wrong side of the outcome, they did not concede until the 58th minute and in many ways felt they were the better side.

"I'm disappointed because we wanted to win," midfielder Allan Saint-Maximin told Newcastle's official website. "We did a lot of things and had a lot of occasions to score, but we played against a very good team. We have to know that.

"I know, and the fans know, in this game it's difficult to show what you have to show, but I think it's a good (challenge) for every player. We have to do better things against Norwich to win."

Newcastle, who finished 13th in the Premier League table in 2018-19, managed just four road victories during that term. However, two of those wins came whilst the Magpies finished 2-1-0 over their final three matches away from home.

Updated August 15, 2019

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