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Premier League

  • 28 November 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 26793

Stoke - Newcastle Preview: Potters look to take advantage of home comforts against injury-hit Magpies

Tony Pulis' side can move into the top half of the Premier League table with a win over a Toon team that has lost three consecutive games and are beset with fitness issues


Stoke City
Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron
Walters, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Adam Etherington
  Newcastle United
Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon
Anita, Tiote, Gutierrez
Sa Ameobi, Cisse, Ba

Stoke welcome Newcastle to the Britannia Stadium with a number of notable absentees. Rory Delap (hernia) will definitely miss out, as will Andy Wilkinson (back). Michael Owen (hamstring) is a doubt to face his former club, while Marc Wilson (broken leg) remains on the sidelines.

However, Stoke's injury problems seem relatively meagre compared to those of Newcastle, who travel to North Staffordshire with eight players out through injury.

Steven Taylor (hamstring) is the latest player to enter the treatment room, and is set to miss several weeks of action. Shola Ameobi (groin) is still out, as is Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring). Gabriel Obertan (toe) is yet to return to full fitness, and Yohan Cabaye (groin) is expected to be out until February.

Dan Gosling (knee) is still absent, whilst Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic (both knee ligament) are long-term absentees and are not likely to play again this season.

  • Stoke are undefeated in their last 13 home matches in the Premier League and have conceded just one goal at the Britannia Stadium this term.
  • Newcastle have won just 10 times in 41 visits to the Potteries, however they have only lost once in the north Midlands since the Potters' return to the top flight.
  • Demba Ba (pictured right) has scored four goals in four Premier League games against Stoke and scored a hat-trick in Newcastle's 3-1 win at the Britannia Stadium last term.
  • The Magpies' 0-0 draw with Tony Pulis' side in the third Round of the FA Cup in 2008 proved to be the end for former boss Sam Allardyce, who was sacked just a few days later.
  • Stoke striker Michael Owen scored at a rate of 0.37 goals per game in a four-year spell at St James' Park but has yet to score for his new club.

Players to watch

C. Adam

Position: Midfielder

Games: 19

  • 1
  • 6
  • 0
In what could be set to be a very tight game, the battle in the midfield will prove crucial, and in that area Stoke have a serious asset in Charlie Adam. The former Blackpool and Liverpool man has made a good start to his career at the Britannia Stadium, looking good in possession and scoring two goals in his first 11 league appearances. Stoke boss Tony Pulis will be pleased the contribution the Scot has made to his side's season so far and will hope that he can continue his fine form and inspire the Potters to victory.

V. Anita

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
The former Ajax man was one of the lone bright spots in their 2-0 defeat to Southampton at the weekend, and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will hope that the Dutchman can help his side control the ball in what is always a difficult environment to play in. Injuries have enabled Anita to stake a claim for a permanent place in the side, and if the 23-year-old can help the Magpies retain the ball more effectively than they have done in recent weeks, then the Tyneside club may be able to finally secure an overdue positive result.

Editor's Prediction

Magpies players and fans alike will be desperate for Newcastle to put an end to their losing run, however they are beset by injuries at the moment and with their defence far from consistent, Stoke should be able to exploit their weaknesses and edge to a slender victory to keep their impressive home form going.

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