The Potters, on a run of six defeats in their last eight, hope to avoid defeat at St James’ Park.
An impressively organised display of intelligent defending earned Newcastle a 0-0 Europa League draw in Russia against Guus Hiddink’s Anzhi laston Thursday, reinforcing the feeling that Alan Pardew’s team are far too good to go down. Yet Newcastle remain in relegation danger and Stoke will hope the long flight back from Moscow in the early hours of Friday catches up with them. Tomorrow’s outcome will determine plans for the home leg against Anzhi. “I need a win against Stoke to have the freedom to play a strong side on Thursday,” said Pardew, whose team visit Wigan next Sunday.
Venue St James’ Park, Sunday 3pm
Last season Newcastle 3 Stoke 0
Referee Andre Marriner
This season’s matches 18 Y59, R0, 3.28 cards per game
Subs from Alnwick, Haidara, Simpson, Perch, Anita, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Gouffran
Doubtful Cissé (illness)
Injured Krul (ankle, Apr), Coloccini (back, May), R Taylor (knee, Aug), Vuckic (knee, Aug), Harper (knee, unknown)
Suspended None Form guide LWLWWL
Disciplinary record Y53 R2
Leading scorer Cissé 6
Subs from Sorensen, Whitehead, Palacios, Cameron, Adam, Crouch, Shea, Etherington, Edu
Doubtful Etherington (back)
Suspended Huth (second of three)
Form guide LLWLDL
Disciplinary record Y57 R3
Leading scorer Crouch, Walters 5
Stoke recorded a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture at the Britannia Stadium, Jon Walters and Cameron Jerome scoring in the final nine minutes to complete a comeback win.
The Potters are looking to complete the Premier League double over Newcastle for the second time in three seasons, having also done it in 2010-11.
Newcastle have won their last two matches at St James’ Park, scoring seven goals in the process.
The north-east club have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 league games, conceding 23 goals during this period.
The Magpies have 30 points from 28 matches this season – 14 points fewer than at this stage of last season.
Newcastle have had five different French players score for them this season – only Arsenal (eight in 2002-03 and six in 2008-09) have had more French scorers in a single Premier League season.
Moussa Sissoko has scored three goals in two Premier League matches at St James’ Park.
Stoke have the worst Premier League record in 2013 – picking up four points from eight league matches, and losing six times.
The Potters have suffered 1-0 defeats in three of their last four matches.
They have failed to score in 12 Premier League matches this campaign – more than any other club in the division. They have not scored in their last two league matches, and have not gone three without a goal in the same season since December 2009.
Tony Pulis’s side have conceded in each of their last 10 games – they kept clean sheets in half of their opening 18 league matches.
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