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Premier League

  • 19 March 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 27505

Stoke City - Newcastle United Preview: Potters aiming to keep up unbeaten Premier League run against the Magpies

Stoke City - Newcastle United Preview: Potters aiming to keep up unbeaten Premier League run against the Magpies

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Stoke City: Begovic; Wilson, Huth, Shawcross, Higginbotham; Pennant, Delap, Whitehead, Etherington; Walters, Jones.

Newcastle United: Harper; Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Enrique; Gutierrez, Nolan, Tiote, Ferguson; Lovenkrands, Best.
  • After scoring in the FA Cup on Sunday, Robert Huth became Stoke's top scorer in all competitions with eight goals.
  • Since beating Sunderland in February, the Potters have picked up just one point and have seen their buffer from the relegation zone reduced to three points.
  • In the 58 games played by these two teams this season they have kept just 14 clean sheets between them.
  • Stoke have one of the best home records in the league, having won half of their 14 fixtures at the Britannia and losing just four, while Newcastle have won only four of their games at St James' Park.
  • Newcastle have the sixth best away record in the Premier League and average more than a goal a game on the road.
  • Stoke are unbeaten in three against Newcastle and haven't been beaten by the Magpies in the league since 1990.
  • Andy Carroll remains Newcastle's top scorer this season after his transfer to Liverpool with 11 goals, having reached that landmark in fewer games than Kevin Nolan.
  • Kevin Nolan has the same amount of yellow cards (nine) as Cheick Tiote, but has reached that figure from just 36 fouls to the Ivorian's 65.
  • Alan Pardew's side are the fifth top scorers in the league with 44 goals, whereas Stoke are the third worst with just 32 notched up from 29 games.
  • In the 69 league meetings between the sides, the Toon Army have marched to victory 31 times and Stoke just 21.

September 26, 2010: Newcastle 1-2 Stoke City

A Kevin Nolan opener was cancelled out by Kenwyne Jones before James Perch unfortunately headed into his own net with five minutes remaining.

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Available Squads
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
12Marc WilsonDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
4Robert HuthDefender
3Danny HigginbothamDefender
7Jermaine PennantMidfielder
24Rory DelapMidfielder
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
5Danny CollinsDefender
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
-Danny PughMidfielder
15Salif DiaoDefender
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
10Ricardo FullerStriker
22Stephen HarperGoalkeeper
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
23Sol CampbellDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
25Danny SimpsonDefender
17Joey BartonMidfielder
4Kevin NolanMidfielder
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
-Peter LovenkrandsStriker
23Shola AmeobiStriker
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
27Steven TaylorDefender
31Shane FergusonDefender
35Danny GuthrieMidfielder
18Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
30Nile RangerStriker
42Shefki KuqiStriker
Players to Watch
Robert Huth
Robert Huth
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The German defender, an unlikely top scorer for any side, has shone since being shifted into the middle from right-back to replace Abdoulaye Faye.

The former Chelsea man offers maturity alongside the sometimes rash club captain Ryan Shawcross at the back, and is a mischief-maker in the box going forward. His six goals owe as much to his brawn as they do to his brain as he anticipates Delap's throws and drifting crosses better than anyone in a red and white shirt.
Kevin Nolan
Kevin Nolan
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
Once upon a time the former Bolton man looked ilke he belonged in the England set-up, with only Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard scoring more goals from midfield.

But his move to Newcastle, which was supposed to revitalise a stagnating career, backfired as the club were sent down in his first year. Persistence has, however, paid off for the 28-year-old, and while he may never get into the England squad, he has found a home and a niche once again as a goalscorer from deep.
Newcastle have enjoyed a two-week break since their home defeat to Everton, but despite their relatively lighter load they will come up against a Stoke side that are determined to make the most of home advantage and get points on the board to stave off the very real threat of relegation. Alan Pardew has, however, kept the unity that his predecessor Chris Hughton fostered within the Newcastle camp and they will be no pushovers, and they should have enough to travel back north with a point.
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