Stoke City vs Newcastle, English Premier League, matchday 28
Wednesday, 2-March-2016, Kick-off: 19:45 GMT.
Stoke City look for third consecutive win in the Premier League when they lost relegation threatened Newcastle United at Brittania Stadium on Wednesday evening.
An away win at Bournemouth followed by a home win against Aston Villa handed Stoke City back to back wins and helped them to stay at 8th position in the league table with European qualification hopes well alive.
Newcastle are 18th in the table after 26 matches and a win here could take them out of the relegation zone. Steve McLaren has plenty of worries going into this match as his team has lost three of their last four previous matches.
Last Five Premier League Matches
Stoke City: WWLLL
Stoke City have won 2 matches in a row after failing to win their previous four matches. Their last five matches in the Premier League has seen over 2.5 goals. Stoke’s form in the last five home matches read a very strong record – WWDLW.
Newcastle United have won two from their last five matches, which could be further break down as their two wins in last 10 matches. The Toons have a terrible away form this season and managed just 2 wins from 13 outings, 10 of them being defeats. They have lost all of their last five away matches.
Stoke City: Team News
Charlie Adam, Shay Given, Marc Wilson, Glen Johnson, Marc Muniesa and Ryan Shawcross are sidelined for Mark Hughes when Stoke welcome Newcastle at the Brittania Stadium.
Bojan Krkic, who sit out for the match against Aston Villa at the weekend could return to the starting lineup in place of Ibrahim Afellay.
Stoke City: Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Butland – Pieters, Bardsley, Cameron, Wollscheid – Whelan, Imbula – Arnautovic, Shaqiri, Bojan – Walters.
Newcastle: Team News
Newcastle United head-coach Steve McLaren has atleast 8 players in the injury list which includes goal keeper Tim Krul, left back Massadio Haidara and attacker Papiss Cisse. There is more worry for the Toons as Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fabricio Coloccini and Chancel Mbemba are struggling for fitness and is a doubt for this match against Stoke City.
Newcastle Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Elliot – Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummet – Saivet, Shelvey – Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend – Mitrovic.
Stoke City vs Newcastle : Head-to-Head Stats
Last 5 Matches:
Stoke City: 2 wins, Draws: 2, Newcastle: 1 wins
NEU 0 : 0 STK (31-10-2015)
NEU 1 : 1 STK (08-02-2015)
STK 1 : 0 NEU (29-09-2014)
STK 1 : 0 NEU (12-04-2014)
NEU 5 : 1 STK (26-12-2013)
The last two meetings between the two sides ended in a row, with both being played at St. James Park. Their last four meetings have seen under 2.5 goals.
Stoke City have won the last three meetings with Newcastle at the Brittania Stadium, which also extends to 4 home wins in 5 meetings.
Stoke City vs Newcastle : Prediction
Newcastle’s particularly poor away form this season coupled with their dismal record against Stoke at Brittania stadium gives the Potters an upper hand going into this match on Wednesday. Moreover, Stoke has started to score heavily in their home games which certainly make them strong favourites to win this one comfortably. And unlike previous meetings between the clubs, there is a good chance of this match seeing over 2.5 goals.