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Stoke v Newcastle preview: Potters looking to bounce back from Chelsea loss#8207;

By: Phillipa Hopwood 11 Apr 2014 15:45:31

Stoke v Newcastle preview: Potters looking to bounce back from Chelsea loss#8207;

Stoke City welcome Newcastle United to The Britannia Stadium as they try to catch The Magpies who are currently six points clear of The Potters in the Premier League table.

Mark Hughes’ side had their run of five games unbeaten halted at Stamford Bridge last weekend as they lost 3-0 to title chasing Chelsea. Whereas Newcastle have suffered three straight defeats as well as losing four out of there last five games.

Alan Pardew’s side will be hoping to get their season back on course tomorrow after they have dropped away from the European-chasing pack, whilst Stoke will be hoping to keep their dreams of a top ten finish alive.

Team News

Newcastle could welcome back Tim Krul to the side following his two game absence with a knee injury, whilst Loic Remy is ruled out of the clash. But Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko remain side-lined.

Stoke will have Charlie Adam in the match day team despite him suffering a broken nose in training this week and Stephen Ireland should be back after an illness, whilst Oussama Assaidi remains side-lined.

Stats

Stoke are unbeaten in their last five matches at home, highlighting again why the Britannia Stadium is considered a tough place to go in the Premier League.

Newcastle have lost 7 of the 11 matches since Yohan Cabaye has left the club. They have only scored in three of these matches.

Stoke saw Glenn Whelan, Marc Wilson and manager Mark Hughes all sent off in their 5-1 defeat to Newcastle earlier this season at St James Park.

Each of the last seven Premier League meetings between Stoke and Newcastle have seen at least three goals scored.

Prediction

Stoke will want to get back on course after their defeat to Chelsea whilst Newcastle look like they are on a downward spiral. Stoke could take advantage of this and extract revenge for their 5-1 defeat on Boxing day.

Tomorrows game will be kicking off at 15:07 as the whole of the football league pays tribute to Hillsborough.

Stoke City 2-2 Newcastle


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