Stoke v Newcastle: Match preview

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Stoke City v Newcastle United
Barclays Premier League,
Britannia Stadium,
Monday, October 31. Kick-off: 2000


Jonathan Woodgate is in contention to start for Stoke after returning to action against Liverpool in the Carling Cup last week.

Jermaine Pennant also proved his fitness in the Wednesday night loss to the Reds.

For Newcastle, Cheik Tiote is struggling with a knee injury, Steven Taylor is hoping to play despite a broken nose, and Shola Ameobi is sidelined.


Pardew wary of Stoke threat


A point for Newcastle against Stoke City tonight will seem them climb to outright third in the Barclays Premier League, but Alan Pardew knows his side will face a stern examination.

The Magpies travel to the Britannia Stadium without a defeat to speak of in nine league outings this season, but Tony Pulis' outfit represent the toughest test thus far for the north-east side.

Stoke triumphed 4-0 the last time the two sides met in the Potteries and Newcastle will face a stern examination once again on Monday evening - particularly from set-pieces.

The Potters have scored 71 percent of their goals from set-plays this term, and Pardew realises the Toon will have to be at their best to withstand the pressure.

"It's such a difficult place to go and try to get a result," said the Newcastle boss.

"They play with two wingers and two strikers and there's not many in the Premiership who do that.

"They have a stadium that makes a lot of noise and they have a pitch that suits them because it's a small pitch and a lot of things come in your box.

"You've got to be big and strong and be able to cope with them. Tony's done a terrific job - and his staff - in targeting players that have taken the club forward every year, and again they look stronger this year.

"So it's going to be a big test for every team that goes there."

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