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  • 31 October 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 26564
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Stoke City - Newcastle United Preview: Alan Pardew's men look to extend unbeaten Premier League streak to 13 games

The Potters look to bounce back from League Cup disappointment against the high-flying Magpies, who boast the tightest defence in the top division


PROBABLE LINEUPS

STOKE CITY

Begovic 
Huth, Woodgate, Shawcross, Wilson
Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington
Crouch, Walters
NEWCASTLE UNITED
 
Krul
Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, R Taylor
Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez
Ba, Best

Tony Pulis was left rueing a couple of Lee Probert's refereeing decisions as his side went out of the League Cup against Liverpool last Wednesday, and will be hoping that his side can raise their performance level, having been outplayed by a Suarez-inspired Reds side.

They will be without Danny Higginbotham and Ricardo Fuller as they were in midweek, and Mamady Sidibe was injured in a reserve game.

It won't be an easy fixture, Alan Pardew's Toon side have surprised most with their outstanding start to the season and currently sit in fourth position. The Geordies can also boast the best defence in the League, a unit that will remain unchanged if Steven Taylor plays despite breaking his nose. It's unclear who would take his place if he were to be unfit, given the injury to back-up Mike Williamson.

A kick-off under the Britannia floodlights is a tough prospect for any side though, and Newcastle will have one of the biggest tests of their credentials if they are to achieve a finish in the European qualification places. Shola Ameobi and are Alan Smith both out with hamstring problems. 


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Newcastle haven't won a single Premier League game against Stoke, losing two and drawing two.
  • Stoke have only lost one from 13 games in the Premier League at home - winning eight.
  • The Potters have conceded just five goals in ten Premier League home games. 
  • In those home games, they have kept five clean sheets and never conceded more than one in a game.
  • Newcastle are unbeaten in their last five Premier League away games
  • Stoke have scored 71% of their goals from set pieces this season, the highest percentage in the top flight.
  • New signing Demba Ba (pictured right) has scored eight goals in his last nine Premier League starts, and would have signed for Stoke if he hadn't failed a medical at the midlands club.
  • Newcastle are unbeaten in 12 consecutive Premier games for the first time since August 1997.
  • Stoke have won just three of their last 11 Premier League matches.

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Available Squads
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
8Jonathan WoodgateDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
24Rory DelapMidfielder
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
7Jermaine PennantMidfielder
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
4Robert HuthDefender
8W. PalaciosMidfielder
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
33Cameron JeromeStriker
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
16Ryan TaylorDefender
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
27Steven TaylorDefender
25Danny SimpsonDefender
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
35Danny GuthrieMidfielder
18Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
9Demba BaStriker
20Leon BestStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
14James PerchMidfielder
3Davide SantonDefender
22Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
10Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
47Bradden InmanMidfielder
15Dan GoslingMidfielder
28Sammy AmeobiStriker
Players to Watch
Jonathan Walters
Jonathan Walters
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Stoke were outplayed in midweek but Jonathan Walters' tireless performance was a real highlight. A player who will provide and score goals due to his constant pressure, he has had an excellent season so far, and will look to put pressure on players like Danny Simpson when in possession.
Yohan Cabaye
Yohan Cabaye
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Newcastle's defensive record has been at the core of their impressive start to the season, but the man who keeps everything ticking is French midfielder Yohan Cabaye. The deep-lying playmaker provides an out ball for the back four, maintains possession and delivers killer passes as well as scoring goals - like the winner against Wigan last weekend. A real Bosman bargain.
Prediction
Notoriously difficult to beat at home, Stoke would usually be favourites but the Toon Army have confounded some observers who had tipped them for relegation. Ba and Best are the sort of forwards that will be keen for a battle, and that is what they'll get at the Britannia, but it is impossible to split the two sides, in what should be a low-scoring game.
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