Preview - Stoke vs Newcastle 1 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 01, 2018, 05:19 PM

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Stoke vs Newcastle

It is a survival of the fittest. Stoke are 15th, just one point and one spot above Newcastle. The losers could find themselves in the drop zone after this round.

Stoke have lost four of their last six Premier League matches and let in 16 goals during this run, the most recent a 5-0 walloping by Chelsea over the weekend.

The defence is leaking like nobody's business. The Potters have conceded a league-high 46 goals and only kept two clean sheets this season.

But they have a fine record on New Year's Day, where they are unbeaten in their last seven home league games played on the first day of the new year, winning four of them.

Curiously, Mark Hughes' side have won each of their last four home league matches against Newcastle, the last three all ending 1-0.

The Magpies have failed to score in four of their last five matches, the exception being the 3-2 win at West Ham on 23 Dec.

Stoke are expected to recall Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Allen and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting after they were all rested against Chelsea at the weekend.

Eric Pieters and Kurt Zouma, who was ineligible to face Chelsea, could also return but Ryan Shawcross, Glen Johnson and Bruno Martins Indi remain out.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez will check on the fitness of several players and he is again likely to rotate his squad.

Prediction: Stoke 1-1 Newcastle


Match Stats:

  • Stoke 0-1 Newcastle
  • Shots: 11-14
  • Possession: 59%-41%
  • Corner kicks: 10-5

Ayoze Perez's goal was enough to give Newcastle United a 1-0 victory at Stoke City, their third Premier League away win of the season.

The Magpies had numerous chances in the first half, including Ciaran Clark's miss from close range with an open goal.

Perez scored the only goal of the match on 73 minutes, turning in a Jacob Murphy cross from the right.

Stoke were denied a late equaliser when Karl Darlow brilliantly saved a Mame Biram Diouf header from close range.

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