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  • 10 March 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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Newcastle - Stoke Preview: Potters have won just once away from home this term

Alan Pardew's side have struggled to keep goals out in front of their own fans in recent weeks, but have seen their form improve since the turn of the year

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE
Newcastle United
Elliot
Debuchy, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon
Gutierrez, Cabaye, Tiote, Gouffran
Sissoko
Cisse
STOKE
  Stoke City
Begovic
 Wilson, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Shotton
Kightly, Whelan, Nzonzi, Etherington
Walters, Crouch

Newcastle manager Alan Parew's biggest injury concerns lie within the defense as both Fabricio Coloccini (back) and Ryan Taylor (knee) miss out.

Goalkeeping options Tim Krul (ankle) and Steve Harper (knee) both remain sidelined, allowing Rob Elliot to continue between the sticks.

Papiss Cisse was an absentee during his sides trip to Russia following illness but should return up front in a lone role ahead of Moussa Sissoko.

Hatem Ben Arfa completed 64 minutes on his return to the Newcastle team against Anzhi in midweek having recovered from a hamstring injury, and will add depth to Pardew's attacking options from the bench.

Stoke will be able to welcome back Matthew Etherington and Michael Owen - both of whom are available for selection having recovered from a back and hip injury respectively.

However Tony Pulis will have to contend without centre-back Robert Huth, who is serving the second of his three-match ban picked up for violent conduct during the defeat to Fulham.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Newcastle United have conceded two goals in each of their last four home league games, losing twice.
  • The same fixture last season resulted in a comfortable 3-0 win for the Toon and saw them climb into the top four above Tottenham.
  • Over the past two seasons, whichever side emerged victorious in the first fixture between the two sides has gone on to win the second. Stoke City won the previous fixture 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium.
  • Stoke City's only away win in the league this season came at the start of December when Dean Whitehead scored the only goal of the game against West Brom.
  • The Potters have failed to score a single goal in five of their last six away games, which incidentally, is a run that immediately follows the victory at the Hawthorns.
  • Pulis' side have scored the fewest goals away from home (eight) than any other side, yet also have the best defensive record than any other team in the bottom half of the league when on their travels.
  • This fixture brings back bad memories for Stoke striker Peter Crouch (pictured above), who saw three of his teeth knocked out by Fabricio Coloccini during the 2-1 victory over Newcastle earlier in the season.

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Available Squads
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
3Davide SantonDefender
13Mapou Yanga-MbiwaDefender
2Mathieu DebuchyDefender
27Steven TaylorDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
7Moussa SissokoMidfielder
18Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
11Yoan GouffranMidfielder
22Stephen HarperGoalkeeper
14James PerchMidfielder
19Massadio HaidaraDefender
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
22Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
-Adam CampbellStriker
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
20Geoff CameronDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
30Ryan ShottonDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
15Steven N'ZonziMidfielder
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
10Cameron JeromeStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
21Michael KightlyMidfielder
-Brek SheaMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
10Michael OwenStriker
Players to Watch
Yoan Gouffran
Yoan Gouffran
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The Frenchman was rested for the first leg of the Magpies' last 16 Europa League tie on Thursday, allowing Hatem Ben Arfa the chance to make his first appearance back from injury. His return to the squad should give him an extra incentive to perform and he will look to give his manager reasons to keep him top of the pecking order.
Jonathan Walters
Jonathan Walters
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Republic of Ireland international has been a consistent performer throughout his entire career with the Potters, and his trademark energy and work-rate alone is enough to help turn his fortunes around. Luckily for him, he is facing a Newcastle side of whom he has scored against in three of his last four games.
Prediction
Stoke City's abysmal away record has been a cause for concern for Tony Pulis this season, severely affecting his sides' overall standing in the league - not forgetting his own position. Yet a trip to a Newcastle team who have yet to find any consistent form this season may just be the fixture they need to turn their fortunes around.
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