Newcastle United will be hoping to maintain their decent home record against Stoke City but have the joint-fewest wins in the division.
Newcastle have captain Fabricio Coloccini free for selection following the decision to rescind his red card against Sunderland. However, Jack Colback is serving a one-match ban but is also facing up to six weeks on the sidelines due to a knee injury.
There is mixed news for Stoke City’s defence with skipper Ryan Shawcross and Glen Johnson both back fit, but Marc Muniesa and Geoff Cameron both ruled out.
Kick-off at St James’ Park on Saturday is 3pm.
- Newcastle United are without a win in their last three Premier League clashes with Stoke (D1 L2), scoring just once in the process, after winning four of the previous five.
- The Potters have scored exactly one goal in each of their last five PL meetings with Newcastle.
- Newcastle have lost just one of their six Premier League games against Stoke at St James’ Park (W3 D2 L1), and are unbeaten in the last four (W3 D1).
- No side has won fewer Premier League games this season than Steve McClaren’s team (one win, along with Aston Villa and Sunderland).
- The Magpies’ last four Premier League games have produced a total of 22 goals (GF: 9, GA: 13).
- The Potters have picked up three wins in their last four Premier League games (W3 L1); this after failing to win any of the six before that.
- Peter Crouch scored in both of the Potters’ league meetings with Newcastle last season.
- Republic of Ireland forward Jonathan Walters has bagged four PL goals against Newcastle – only against Liverpool and QPR has he managed more (both five).
- Since the start of 2014/15, Newcastle have picked up 10 red cards in the Premier League, three more than any other side.
- The Magpies have thrown away seven points from leading positions in the top-flight this season; only Aston Villa have dropped more (eight).