PREVIEW: Stoke v Newcastle
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nother nice result on Sunday with the OVER 2.5 goals comfortably landed in the WBA v BURNLEY game.
It’s a worrying time for Newcastle fans, Alan Pardew and their supporters who see their side inside the embryonic relegation zone with just Burnley below them.
Newcastle are still searching for their first win of the season and face a tough task at Stoke who have beaten them in their last two Premier League fixtures at home.
Just how much longer Pardew can remain at the helm is at the mercy of boss Mike Ashley who has so far stood loyal with Pardew despite increasing frustration from the supporters.
So what can we expect at 8pm tonight?
STOKE CITY v NEWCASTLE
HEAD TO HEAD
(last 10 matches)
Apr 2014 Premier Stoke 1-0 Newcastle
Dec 2013 Premier Newcastle 5-1 Stoke
Mar 2013 Premier Newcastle 2-1 Stoke
Nov 2012 Premier Stoke 2-1 Newcastle
Apr 2012 Premier Newcastle 3-0 Stoke
Oct 2011 Premier Stoke 1-3 Newcastle
Mar 2011 Premier Stoke 4-0 Newcastle
Sep 2010 Premier Newcastle 1-2 Stoke
Apr 2009 Premier Stoke 1-1 Newcastle
Dec 2008 Premier Newcastle 2-2 Stoke
For Stoke, their midfielder Jonathan Walters will have a late fitness test but Stephen Ireland is set to return to league action after making his injury.
Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse is back after missing the Capital One Cup win victory over Crystal Palace but midfielder Mehdi Abeid is suspended having been sent off in that match.
Stoke are not exactly setting the world alight so far this season and have been beaten in both of their home games so far this season and not even managing one goal. However, their away win at the Etihad over Man City was a notable scalp.
I’m giving Mark Hughes’ team a tentative nod and going for a win on Stoke with Star Sports.