Stoke City vs Newcastle United match preview

A look ahead to Monday’s Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium

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Stoke City go into Monday night’s fixture in good spirits after knocking last season’s finalists Sunderland out of the League Cup on Tuesday night through defender Marc Muniesa’s unlikely brace at the Stadium of Light.

However, Mark Hughes’ Potters came away from Loftus Road deflated last Saturday in the Premier League after a last-gasp free-kick from Niko Kranjcar salvaged a 2-2 for Queens Park Rangers, denying Stoke only their second league victory of the season as they slipped to 13.

Meanwhile Newcastle United finally gave their fans something to cheer about on Wednesday night after coming from behind to defeat Crystal Palace 3-2 in the League Cup thanks to Paul Dummett’s extra-time winner.

The welcome distraction was vital as Alan Pardew’s men have plummeted to rock-bottom in the Premier League after failing to register a win so far this season, with Papiss Cisse’s late brace saving the Magpies’ blushes after scuppering a 2-2 draw at home to Hull City, otherwise leading to a third defeat in five games for struggling Newcastle.

KICK-OFF: Monday, 8pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Stoke City 1 (Pieters) Newcastle United 0, Premier League, April 2014

Newcastle United 5 (Remy 2, Gouffran, Cabaye, Cisse) Stoke City 1 (Assaidi), Premier League, December 2013

Newcastle United 2 (Cabaye, Cisse) Stoke City 1 (Walters), Premier League, March 2013

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Alan Pardew remains under pressure

 

STATS…

Newcastle United are just one of three teams in the Premier League that have failed to win so far this season, Burnley and Sunderland are the other two.

Stoke City forward Jonathan Walters has scored four goals in his last seven appearances against Newcastle United for the Potters.

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has scored four goals in his last five appearances against Stoke City for the Magpies.

Monday’s fixture will be only the 11 Premier League meeting between two clubs.

Newcastle United have only won three times in their last 17 visits to the Brittania Stadium.

Monday’s fixture at Brittania Stadium will be the 88 meeting between these two clubs, with Newcastle United leading the way with 43 compared to Stoke City’s 25.

 

ODDS…

Stoke City to win: 2.1

Newcastle United to win: 3.6

Draw: 3.3

 

CLASSIC MOMENT/MATCH

Newcastle United remained just two points outside the top-four in the Premier League after thrashing Stoke City 5-1 on Boxing Day only last year.

Liverpool loanee Oussama Assaidi gave the Potters the lead on the half-hour mark before Loic Remy equalised for the Magpies on the stroke of half-time.

But it was Newcastle’s second-half display that had manager Alan Pardew purring after further strikes from Yoan Gouffran, Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse and Remy’s second of the afternoon completed a rout at St James’ Park to keep themselves two points above Premier League champions Manchester United.

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 8pm.

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