Can Newcastle get out of the relegation zone?

Last updated: October 27, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: St. James’ Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWLDL
Away form: LWWWW
Last season: 1-1
Competition: The Premier League

Stoke City were totally outplayed by the newly promoted Watford last weekend when the Hornets won 2-0 against the Potters at The Britannia Stadium. The visitors could have even beat Stoke by more goals, but the crossbar (twice) and Butland’s reflexes saved them from a bigger defeat. Mark Hughes, for sure, wasn’t happy with the team’s performance and he is expected to make several changes in his starting eleven against Newcastle on Saturday.

On the other hand, Newcastle were totally smashed by Sunderland in their last Premiership match. The Black Cats won 3-0 and the Magpies recorded their sixth defeat of the season. The most worrying thing for Steve McClaren is the performance in defence. Newcastle have conceded 22 goals in 10 games; only Bournemouth have conceded the same number into their net.

Newcastle won their last home game against Norwich 6-2, which proves that the main problem is not in attack. The Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum is the man in-form for Newcastle, having scored 6 goals in 10 games for the Magpies. The stats show that there will be a high number of goals.

Team News

The American player, Cameron, who was substituted in the 9th minute of Stoke’s last match because of injury, is now recovered and is ready to play against Newcastle.

The injury of Tim Krul has forced Steve McClaren to use his reserve goalkeeper – Rob Elliot, who conceded 5 goals into his net in the team’s last two games.

Sylvain Marveaux should have been recovered for the match, but it is most likely he’ll start from the bench. Gabriel Obertan has also returned to full training.

Argentinian centre back Fabricio Coloccini was sent off against Sunderland last weekend and will be suspended for the next Newcastle game.

Quotes of the week

Steve McClaren  from Newcastle Steve McClaren (Newcastle) : “We will start winning football matches, like we could have against Sunderland.”

mark hughes Mark Hughes (Stoke) : “We were able to stand toe-to-toe with them and eventually take the game away from them, thankfully.”

Expected line-ups:

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Elliot, Coloccini, Janmaat, Mbabu, Mbemba, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Anita, Cisse, Ayoze, Mitrovic
Subs Colback, de Jong, Obertan, Toney, Marveaux, Tiote, Williamson.
Injured: Riviere, Taylor, Aarons, Darlow, Krul
Not available:
Stoke (4-5-1): Butland, Pieters, Johnson, Muniesa, Cameron, Bojan, Whelan, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic, Diouf.
Subs Given, Shawcross, Joselu, Crouch, van Ginkel, Adam, Ireland.
Not available:

Key Battle

sissoko Sissoko this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
9 730 0 0,8 4 0 1 0
bojan Bojan this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
5 (1) 387 2 1,2 0 0 1 0

So far this season

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Newcastle this season Stoke this season
19 League Position 14
1 (0) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (2)
6-2 vs. Norwich Biggest win 2-1 vs. Bournemouth
2 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (2)
2 (4) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (1)
1-6 to Manchester City Biggest Defeat 0-2 to Watford and Arsenal
Wijnaldum (6) Top scorer Diouf (3)
Sissoko (4) Assist Leader Johnson, Arnautovic (2)
Y20, R3 Discipline Y14, R2
5 Failures to score 4
1 Clean Sheets 2
5 Both Teams to Score Games 4
6 Over 2.5 Games 3
4 Under 2.5 Games 7
  • Stoke City have recorded three consecutive 1-0 away victories in all competitions. They have lost only two games as guests in The Premier League so far this season.
  • Newcastle and Stoke finished with a 1-1 draw 8 months ago. Colback opened for the Magpies in the 74th minute but in the last seconds of the game Crouch levelled.
  • The Magpies have won 22 of 33 games at St. James’ Park against Stoke City. The Potters have won the three points on just 4 occasions.
  • Newcastle have won only one from their last 10 Premiership games. The victory was in their last home match against Norwich (6-2).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
08/02/15 The Premier League Newcastle 1-1 Stoke J. Colback 74′
29/09/14 The Premier League Stoke 1-0 Newcastle P. Crouch 15′
12/04/14 The Premier League Stoke 1-0 Newcastle E. Pieters 42′
26/12/13 The Premier League Newcastle 5-1 Stoke Assaidi 29′
10/03/13 The Premier League Newcastle 2-1 Stoke Walters (PG) 67′