Stoke City v Newcastle United

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Newcastle haven’t played since they lost 5-1 to Chelsea 18 days before the trip to Stoke.


Stoke manager Mark Hughes expects Glenn Whelan to be available despite suffering a broken nose on Saturday.

Marc Muniesa could return from injury but Ryan Shawcross and Glen Johnson are out and Phil Bardsley is doubtful.

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is struggling with a calf injury and is likely to miss the next two games.

Chancel Mbemba is still out with an ankle problem, but Paul Dummett, Vurnon Anita, Siem de Jong, Papiss Cisse and Aleksandar Mitrovic are all fit again.


Steve Bower: “Newcastle have had 18 days to analyse and reflect on their current predicament and to prepare for a huge few months ahead.

“Since their mauling at Stamford Bridge, they’ve had some sunshine training in Spain; now some sort of run of consistency has to start at the Britannia Stadium.

“They cannot afford any more days where their effort and commitment is questioned.

“Some weeks ago, this fixture might have looked a little more straightforward for Steve McClaren’s team.

“There was a concern when Stoke lost three league games in a row and went out of both cup competitions, but they have responded with back-to-back wins and will be keen to continue that form and add to Newcastle’s problems.”

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Stoke manager Mark Hughes on Newcastle having a 18-day break: “It might take them a little bit of time to get going or they may be really refreshed and raring to go, we just don’t know.

“We have always seemed to reap the benefits of a break away, so we will see how they shape up.

“It will be a test for us because Newcastle are fighting for their lives, and looking at their squad you sometimes wonder how and why they are where they are.”

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren: “It’s the most frustrating team I’ve worked with. We were fantastic against West Brom and then lost 5-1. It’s one extreme to the other.

“We’ve talked a lot about character, fight and attitude and realising the situation we are in before it’s too late.

“It’s about the here and now and winning matches. We have to keep clean sheets and score goals – that hasn’t been the case for us.”


Stoke are going well – previously they struggled a bit for goals but on a good day they have now got more than one match-winner, which makes a big difference.

This is not the game Newcastle need right now and I just do not fancy their chances at the Britannia Stadium.

Prediction: 2-0

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  • Stoke are unbeaten in the last four league meetings (W2, D2).
  • They have won four of their last five home league games against the Magpies (L1).

Stoke City

  • Stoke are aiming for a third straight league win for the second time during this campaign.
  • The Potters have 39 points after 27 games – exactly the same number they had at this stage last season.
  • Only Leicester (eight) have scored more Premier League penalties than Stoke this season (five).
  • Marko Arnautovic has scored six goals in his last eight Premier League appearances at the Britannia Stadium.

Newcastle United

  • Newcastle have lost 16 of their last 20 league away games (W2, D2), including the last five in a row.
  • Only Aston Villa (six) have won fewer points away from home in the Premier League this season than the Magpies (seven).
  • Steve McClaren’s side have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 league matches.
SAM’s verdict
Most probable score: 1-1Probability of draw: 25%
Probability of home win: 52%Probability of away win: 23%

SAM (Sports Analytics Machine) is a super-computer created by Professor Ian McHale at the University of Salford that is used to predict the outcome of football matches.

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