Stoke City vs Newcastle United
English Premier League
Date: Monday, 1 January 2018
Kick-Off: 15:00 UK
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke-on-Trent).
Can the Potters rebound from a demolishing 5-0 loss to reigning champions Chelsea on Saturday at Stamford Bridge? A defeat against fellow strugglers Newcastle United could well push Mark Hughes and his men into the drop zone which is why the Welsh manager will be desperate to find the way to motivate his lads after such a horrendous display in London.
Stoke City generally play well against bottom-half opponents at home in this term of the Premier League. They’ve won two of last three matches at Bet365 Stadium (against the likes of Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion). Nonetheless, their defensive displays remain a mystery for us since they have been one of the toughest teams to break down over the last couple of years.
In this term, Stoke City have the worst defensive record in the Premier League allowing 46 goals in 21 matches. This will be the music to the ears of Newcastle’s talisman Dwight Gayle who is still struggling a lot to adjust to the top tier football in this season. Last year’s top scorer of the Championship has only notched three goals in 18 appearances in the elite, but the match with the Potters should likely provide opportunities for him to shine and prove he has what it takes to become a world-class forward.
The Magpies have been playing hot and cold throughout the season in general, but the manager Rafael Benitez can be satisfied with improvements in his team’s defensive showings as Newcastle United conceded only a single goal in last two league ties with Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Stoke City vs Newcastle United: Predictions
Stoke City have conceded at least a goal in each of last 11 games in the Premier League and we don’t expect the clash with Newcastle United to be an exception.
The visitors can be backed at the tempting 1.72 to leave the Bet365 Stadium undefeated which will be our top betting suggestion, while you can also try with the BTTS pick at the odds of 1.90.
Stoke City vs Newcastle United: Bet Tips
- Newcastle United or Draw Double Chance 1.72
- BTTS 1.90
Stoke City vs Newcastle United: Head-to-head
Newcastle United have been much more successful over the history and they lead the head to head tie by nine wins coming into their landmark 70th encounter with the Potters.
Stoke City have, however, been dominant in home matches since they’ve won 18 and lost just eight o 34 meetings in front of their fans.
The Magpies came on top when the two likes met in mid-September this year (2-1 at St. James’ Park).