Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(33) 21 Goals 23 (43)
(20) 14 Assists 9 (24)
(6.6) 6.8 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.6)
28.5 Average Age 27.5
189 Average Height (cm) 183.2
(0.8) 0.8 Shots pg 1.2 (1.1)
(59%) 61% Aerial Duel Success 47% (49%)
(0.4) 0.3 Dribbles pg 0.8 (0.6)
(1.6) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.3 (1.5)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Rory Delap Out 5.89
Marc Wilson Out 6.86
Andy Wilkinson Out 6.51
Michael Owen Doubtful 6.13
Player Reason Status Rating
Yohan Cabaye Out 7.15
Dan Gosling Out 6.06
Haris Vuckic Out N/A
James Perch Out 6.58
Hatem Ben Arfa Out 7.01
Steven Taylor Out 6.65
Ryan Taylor Doubtful 6.51
Shola Ameobi Doubtful 6.36
Gabriel Obertan Doubtful 6.3

Team News

  • Stoke may have the scoring ability of Michael Owen back in contention, after Tony Pulis confirmed that he is back in training, but he is only likely to appear as a sub.
  • Wilkinson looks set to miss out again but is nearing recovery and could be back this weekend.
  • Rory Delap still recovering from a Hernia operation. Wilson is still out so Ryan Shotton and Geoff Cameron could start as the full backs.
  • Newcastle's heavy injury list and cluttered fixture schedule has seen them lose their last 3 games in a row, and only looks likely to get worse worse with their upcoming fixtures.
  • Yohan Cabaye has undergone surgery and will be out until February, while Steven Taylor has a hamstring strain that will keep him out for the same period of time.
  • Hopefully the return of Coloccini will help strengthen the Newcastle back 4. Taylor picked up a knock during the Southampton game and looks to doubtful to start.
  • With Hatem Ben Arfa still out due to injury, Newcastle need to find that creative spark from elsewhere, otherwise they will find themselves falling even further down the league table.

Prediction

  • Newcastle's losing streak and lack of goals have seen them drop down the table and leaves them in desperate need of a win to keep them in the race for a place in next season's Europa League.
  • Stoke's lack of goals and attacking presence and has seen them score just 11 league goals this season, but defensively they are quite secure, only conceding 11 goals, which has seen them fixed in the middle of the table just above Newcastle.
  • With both teams struggling to score in recent games, the consistency of Stoke's defence and the inconsistency of Newcastle's could make the difference between the two.
Prediction:
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Comments (1)

 
  • low scoring game again. under 2.5 a good bet with newcastle off form

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