Newcastle v Stoke – Premier League match preview

Magpies v Potters
Magpies v Potters
The games are coming thick and fast right now and after a 4,000 mile round trip during the week United must once again turn their attention back to the Premier League.

Stoke City are the visitors to St James’ Park with the Potters looking to record a league double over United for the second time in three years. The previous two seasons have yielded league doubles for both teams with Stoke winning at the Britannia and St James’ Park back in 2010/2011 only for United to level that up with their own league double (3-1 at Stoke and 3-0 at St James’ Park) last season.

A look at the fixture list for this weekend fills me with hope and dread in equal measure. It’s one of those weeks where teams around us and below us seem to be playing each other so a win would be handy whilst a defeat could drag us deeper into trouble. A two goal win will see us overtake Stoke in the table whilst a defeat combined with a Southampton win of any kind will see us drop one place in the league standings. That’s how finely things are balanced folks.


United are hopeful that Papiss Cisse will have recovered from the illness that kept him out of the trip to Russia on Thursday. Fabricio Coloccini and Tim Krul are definitely out whilst there are unconfirmed reports regarding the availability Hatem Ben Arfa who, according to press reports, suffered a dead leg on Thursday night. Personally I think it seems funny that none of the local journalists have mentioned it but still…

Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic are both still sidelined however Alan Pardew will be boosted by the return of Yoan Gouffran and Mathieu Debuchy, both of who were ineligible to play in the Europa League during the week.


Matthew Etherington is struggling with a back injury but could still be selected by Tony Pulis. Michael Owen is actually fit to play after recovering from a thigh injury. Robert Huth serves the second game of his three-match ban after retrospective action from the FA was taken when TV cameras picked up Huth aiming an elbow at Fulham defender Philippe Senderos.


Stoke turned things round late on at the Britannia earlier on in the season. Two goals in the final nine minutes gave the Potters the victory after Papiss Cisse had given United the lead just after half-time.

Overall our record is good against Stoke, especially at St James’ Park. United have hosted Stoke 38 times, going on to record victory on 27 of those occasions. There have been seven draws between the two sides with Stoke winning at St James’ Park just four times.

At both grounds, and in all competitions, United still have the upper hand. The total of 78 games have yielded 36 wins for the Magpies, 24 wins for Stoke with 18 draws making up the numbers.

Stats and facts:

Mike Williamson is still waiting to make his 100th appearance for United. Any appearance, even 10 seconds at the end of the game, will do!

Michael Owen is the deadliest marksman in the league this season. His one shot on target has yielded one goal meaning that he has a 100% chance conversion rate!

United have managed to keep just one clean sheet in the last ten league games and have conceded 23 times during this period.

Stoke have the worst form in the league when you count results from the turn of the year. In 2013 they’ve picked up just four points from eight league games.

Stoke have failed to score on 12 occasions this term meaning they’ve fired more blanks than any other team.

Stoke have only had 19 shots on target from outside the box in the league this season, 12 fewer than Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.

Final thought:

It’s another home game so the target simply has to be three points. We know what Stoke will bring and I’m always wary of looking at recent form as it can turn at any moment so we’ll need to guard against that. Tiredness might play a part after the long trip in midweek but I don’t see it being a problem as we rested/left behind enough first team players to inject some freshness into the side.

If we play to our potential we should win the game. Robert Huth will be a big miss for them and the thuggish nature of his play not being on display will benefit our attackers and allow them to do their stuff hopefully although they have other players who can be just as dirty. Just ask Arsenal…

Howay the lads!

Date: Sunday, 10th March, 2013

Time: 3pm

Venue: St James’ Park

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106 thoughts on “Newcastle v Stoke – Premier League match preview

  1. Really hope Jonas is back in the side today. Although once we have a fully fit Ben Arfa a front three of Benny, Goofy and a centre forward when we sign one will be a spicy threesome.
    Three lads will be unlucky from the thursday night Perch, Anita and Haddiara all played excellently but I fully expect Saylor Santon and Tiote to all start. A convincing win and we will be 10th a defeat and we are looking over our shoulder once a gain. The joys of following NUFC


    he aint an american either so i dint nar what his game is he got the time wrong it was on there at 9 am theres a 8 hour difference between us and america but he said game was on at noon there, when it was really on at 9 am there i know that cause me bud watched the game whos american


  3. I would love hba and Anita to start but don’t think pards will risk those two against a team like stoke?

    Debuchy Taylor yanga santon
    Jonas cabaye tiote sissoko


  4. TAE
    What is that guy chatting about, countless times I’ve heard our fans at away games (on telly) over the home fans, and St James’ is always rocking when I go (might just be me 😎 πŸ™„ ).


  5. LST
    That’s the team I can see starting but not the formation. Sissoko’s brilliant at picking up a rebound in the centre of the box and should be behind the striker, and Gouffran has pace and skill to beat the full back and send it to CissΓ© or Sissoko.


    the world and the wife knows what st james is like on match day, think he never been to a game in his life meself πŸ˜† dint think hes newcastle surporter meself dont know 1 fan worth there salt would say that πŸ˜†


  7. outsung πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†


  8. in me younger days used to get to all the matchs home and away and ive never been outsung in me life πŸ˜†


  9. It might come as a shock, but there is more than 1 time-zone in the United States. There is a 3 hour difference between the East and West coasts. Try not making yourself look any more idiotic, and keep your mouth firmly closed.


  10. Be interesting to see the size and strength of Sissoko against Stoke and see if they can handle it. The role he had against Anzhi didn’t suit him and he looked different with back to goal. He looks better in a free-roaming attacking midfield role. HBA looked to be enjoying playing upfront though, he just didn’t have the fitness. Like it says on his shirt, I think he could look good in that no.10 role with a CF playing alongside, it suits him better than being shoved out wide.


  11. TAE – fancy you not knowing the time in America 😯 πŸ˜† As for the fans out in Moscow – huge respect to all of them. Nearly impossible to get a Visa – as alot of the British press found – and the toon army (however few) showed great support!!. I’m sure Chuck is a season ticket holder at SJP as well!…. Utter Baffoon!

    As for PEA – The was one of the comments posted on the Mail site suggesting that we have already agreed terms. Not sure how true that is but that is what we are going to need to do if we stand any chance of making sure its US that get him and not loose out. His reputation is growing fast since January and I get the feeling St Ettiene already expect to loose him so will encourage a bidding war.


  12. Sharpy
    I hope we have a fee agreed but I doubt it’s Β£15m which is what the mail said. I honestly believe we won’t get him, fancy that he’ll go to Arsenal and if Chelsea ate interested then it’ll be quite a fee.


  13. Andy – I know it’s all press talk at the moment and I don’t fully buy into it all, but if there is any truth in some of the proposed moves – ie Ronaldo, Bale, Rooney, Dzeko, the polish lad Man U are after and Neymar keeps getting a mention, then it’s gonna be a busy old window again and one of those players moving will likely have a knock on effect for others. If Ronaldo goes to Man U, Bale will go to Madrid and I then see PEA going to Spurs to be honest.
    I just hope we don’t get caught napping and loose out on our targets. If they want Β£15m now then pay it and offer them Oba or Marv with it if that’s what it’s gonna take. If we stay in the EPL we get a good wedge of TV cash so we’ll have the money to spend.


  14. Sharpy
    And how much of that tv cash is gunna go into transfers and wages? My bet is not a lot, I can see another modest summer transfer window for us with signings but no big ones, Mike will no fine well that if the transfers you mentioned go through then prices will be inflated again. That means that we can ask for ridiculous sums if teams come asking but also our targets will be more expensive, add to that ligue 1 teams will know what we’ve been up to and so will charge us extortionate fees if we want their player.


  15. Andy – that’s the big question isn’t it. I’d like to hope at least half if we’ve got any ambition at all.
    Β£15m may seem alot but the kid is only 23 and to think like Ashley about it – could he double his money if the lad does well for us – more than likely I’d say.
    I also see RVW, Bony and Siem De Jong on the move in the summer – they will also attract rival bidders as well I’d expect so he’s gonna have to cough up some cash. We can afford for them to make another summer transfer mistake.
    A CB, CF and AM is the very least we need in the summer IMO


  16. Toonsy
    Yeah, i know Sissoko fills that role at present, but if you noticed in to-days game he played a box to box role, for which he was known, prior to arriving here.
    His runs upfield with the ball, are becoming something to watch,.
    In which case i believe his value is similar to Ya Ya Toure, who plays as the back half of a diamond, where we can utilise his pace and stamina.
    Right now i belive we can use (a fit) HBA to play a roaming role behind Cisse..
    Using Gouffran and Marveaux on the wings, and of course Cabaye playing just behind with Sissoko.
    Im afraid Tiote has to focus on who , where and how he bangs people and to a crtain point so does Cabaye.
    But the fact we have the luxury of some quality on the bench makes us a lot more flexible, where we can change the lineup according to who we are playing.
    Plus not worry about the quality of subs.
    Sissoko, Gouffran, Cisse, Marveaux, even Obertan, all have pace to burn, which we should be utilising, especially involving fast breaks.
    And if practised and perfected, could give a lotta sides a tough way to go, especially those emplying a high defensive line.


  17. Noodles
    Dont waste time trying to talk sense to that guy, he does’nt get most stuff.
    Moscow is on -3 zd , NYC is on +5, zd now +4 due to daylite savings time, which began to-day 3/10 13.
    However television cannot show each game as it’s being played, therefor they use time delays, like to day where the Newcastle game was shown on Fox Premium @ 1400.
    I’m sure this will sound like Einstein’s theory of relativity to our friend, but
    hey whadda ya gonna do.


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