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  • 19 March 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
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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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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
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.
DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.
LAST MEETING



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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Players to watch

R. Huth

Position: Defender

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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.

K. Nolan

Position: Midfielder

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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.

Editor's Prediction

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Stoke City

Newcastle United

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
Draw
Newcastle United FC NEW
Newcastle United FC Newcastle United
41%
15%
44%

Top 3 Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
2 - 0
Newcastle United FC NEW
Stoke City FC STO
1 - 2
Newcastle United FC NEW
Stoke City FC STO
2 - 1
Newcastle United FC NEW

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