By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United entertain Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday afternoon (3pm kick-off).
The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of an impressive goalless midweek Europa League draw at Anzhi Makhachkala, while Stoke suffered a 1-0 defeat against West Ham last time out.
When the sides met earlier in the season, the Potters came from behind to snatch a late victory. Papiss Cisse tapped home from close range to edge United in front, but efforts in the closing stages from Jonathan Walters and Cameron Jerome secured all three points.
Sunday's game is the 85th match between the teams, and the 74th in the league.
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November 28th, 2012 - Stoke 2 (Walters 81, Jerome 85) Newcastle 1 (Cisse 47)
Stoke (4-5-1): Asmir Begovic; Ryan Shotton, Ryan Shawcross, Robert Huth, Geoff Cameron; Jonathan Walters, Glenn Whelan, Steven N'Zonzi, Charlie Adam (Michael Kightly 68), Matthew Etherington (Cameron Jerome 68); Peter Crouch (Kenwyne Jones 40)
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita (Sammy Ameobi 87), Cheick Tiote, James Perch, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse (Nile Ranger 87), Demba Ba
FULL RECORD v STOKE
P84 W41 D19 L24 F146 A97
(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - DLWWDL
Stoke - LLWLDL
Newcastle (v Anzhi Makhachkala, Europa League): Rob Elliot; Danny Simpson, James Perch, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; Yohan Cabaye (Cheick Tiote 84), Vurnon Anita (Steven Taylor 75); Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Gabriel Obertan; Hatem Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 64)
Not used: Jak Alnwick, Davide Santon, Gael Bigirimana, Adam Campbell
Stoke (v West Ham United, Premier League): Asmir Begovic; Ryan Shotton, Marc Wilson, Ryan Shawcross, Andy Wilkinson; Jonathan Walters (Kenwyne Jones 74), Glenn Whelan (Charlie Adam 77), Steven N'Zonzi, Michael Kightly (Brek Shea 66); Peter Crouch, Cameron Jerome
Not used: Thomas Sorensen, Geoff Cameron, Wilson Palacios, Dean Whitehead
Newcastle - The Magpies are hopeful that striker Papiss Cisse has recovered from the illness which caused him to miss their Europa League game on Thursday. That aside, United have no fresh injury concerns, meaning goalkeeper Tim Krul (ankle), defenders Fabricio Coloccini (back) and Ryan Taylor (knee) and midfielder Haris Vuckic (knee) all remain sidelined.
Stoke - Winger Matthew Etherington will undergo a late fitness test, having missed the Potters' last match with a back injury. Stoke can definitely call upon striker Michael Owen, however, who has recovered from a thigh injury. They will be without centre-back Robert Huth though, who serves the second match of a three-game ban.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "It's an important week for us. We've got Stoke at home, Wigan away and a Europa League game in the middle, so it's very important. But we are in good form and looking forward to it. A result against Stoke would go a long way to securing our Premier League status and relieve a bit of pressure on where we find ourselves. It would be nice to get a result on Sunday."
Tony Pulis, Stoke manager: "It's always a great occasion going to St. James' Park. It's a great ground to visit, there's a special atmosphere there. For us, performances haven't been as bad as results and we've played really, really well at times. We don't do anything different for away games. We only change it around to suit the players availavle. We just try to get a formula to try and win games."
Andre Marriner (West Midlands): 2012/13 record - 29 games, 85 yellow cards, 2 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 only scored 26 goals in the Premier League this season - the 19th lowest in the division - and 50 per cent of their goals have come from set-pieces.