Newcastle take on Stoke City this evening for what is a non-televised midweek encounter, possibly of the fourth kind.
Why the fourth kind you might say? Well simply because United are bidding to avoid defeat for the fourth game in a row for the first time in over four years.
Will we or won’t we? We’ll soon find out although I’m at the point now where I expect nothing from a team that has looked short on confidence, short on effort and devoid of ideas for a number of weeks now. Worrying times, especially when you consider the strength of our opponents on their own turf and the injury list we have to contend with at the moment.
The game is not being shown live here in the UK although there are a number of overseas channels who are broadcasting the match. Which means normal rules apply regarding streams, meaning basically if you happen to find a good one then please feel free to share it by leaving a link in the ‘comments’ section below.
I’m actually at work right now so team news will be supplied by Big Dave as and when it becomes available. As ever it will be added in at the bottom of this article.
Which just about wraps it up really. My match preview is online here for you to read if you haven’t already done so. It features some grim injury news for United, a history of meetings between the two sides with some stats and facts thrown in for good measure.
Howay the lads!
Stoke: Begovic; Shotton, Shawcross (c), Huth, Cameron; Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Etherington; Crouch.
Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Jones, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Jerome
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Santon; Anita, Tiote, Perch, Gutierrez; Cisse, Ba.
Subs: Elliot, Tavernier, Ferguson, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Ranger.