By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United travel to Stoke City on Wednesday night, hoping to end a run of three successive Premier League defeats.
The Magpies have slipped up against West Ham, Swansea and Southampton in recent weeks, but make the trip to the Britannia Stadium in search of a return to form.
Alan Pardew's side will be buoyed by taking a look at the history books as, when the two sides met last season United came out on top on both occasions - a 3-1 win in the Potteries and a 3-0 triumph on Tyneside.
Wednesday night's match is the 84th between the teams, and the 73rd in the league.
Newcastle's ticket allocation for this fixture has sold out.
21st April, 2012 - Newcastle 3 (Cabaye 14, 57; Cisse 18)
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Dan Gosling 82), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye (James Perch 60), Demba Ba; Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 69)
Stoke (4-4-2): Asmir Begovic; Marc Wilson, Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross, Andy Wilkinson (Dean Whitehead 33); Ryan Shotton, Glenn Whelan, Wilson Palacios (Cameron Jerome 55), Matthew Etherington; Jonathan Walters, Peter Crouch
FULL RECORD v STOKE
P83 W41 D19 L23 F145 A95
(Last six games - all competitions)
Stoke - WDWLDL
Newcastle - LDLLDD
Stoke (v Fulham, Premier League): Asmir Begovic; Geoff Cameron, Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross, Ryan Shotton; Glenn Whelan, Steven N'Zonzi, Charlie Adam (Dean Whitehead 81), Matthew Etherington (Michael Kightly 72); Jonathan Walters, Peter Crouch (Kenwyne Jones 77)
Not used: Thomas Sorensen, Matthew Upson, Wilson Palacios, Cameron Jerome
Newcastle (v Southampton): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor (James Perch 90), Davide Santon; Jonas Gutierrez, Vurnon Anita (Sylvain Marveaux 66), Cheick Tiote, Shane Ferguson (Sammy Ameobi 46); Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Not used: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana, Nile Ranger
Stoke - Former Newcastle striker Michael Owen is back in training following a hamstring injury but this match will come too soon. Andy Wilkinson (back), Rory Delap (hernia) and Mark Wilson (broken leg) are all ruled out.
Newcastle - Captain Fabricio Coloccini returns to the starting line-up, having served a three-game suspension, but Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye have been sidelined until February with respective hamstring and groin injuries. The Magpies will also be without Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Shola Ameobi (groin), Gabriel Obertan (toe), Dan Gosling (ankle), Haris Vuckic (knee) and Ryan Taylor (knee).
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Dave Kemp, Stoke assistant manager: "Newcastle will be a tough test. Even the best teams in the league have a blip over the course of the season, but we know what they are capable of doing. A team which contains Ba and Cisse is always going to be a major threat, so we'll have to be at our best."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "I don't think you need luck to win games - you like to hink that the ability of your players is good enough - bu you don't need a series of bad luck and that's what we've hd in terms of injuries. It's time to roll our sleeves up and show our fans how much it means to us to wear the jersey and represent Newcastle."
Howard Webb (Yorkshire) - 2012/13 record: 14 games, 54 yellow cards, four red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Shola Ameobi, Viv Busby, George Eastham, Abdoulaye Faye, Amdy Faye, Andy Griffin, Jonathan Woodgate
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DID YOU KNOW?
Stoke have lost 14 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season.