SAM Allardyce makes a total of four changes from the side which was beaten 2-0 by Manchester City at St. James’ Park on Wednesday night.
Michael Owen comes in for his first start since the Tyne-Wear derby draw at Sunderland on 10th November.Â Also missing is James Milner (illness) and Habib Beye (hamstring) with Alan Smith and David Rozehnal returning.
Claudio Cacapa is left out and Sam finally gives a first start since November to Jose Enrique. It’s about time. Smith is captain likely to form part of a four-man midfield alongside Nicky Butt, Charles N’Zogbia and Damien Duff.
Emre (ankle) also misses out with Andrew Carroll named as a substitute, having returned from his loan spell at Preston North End.
Stoke City: Steve Simonsen, Andy Wilkinson, Ryan Shawcross, Leon Cort, Carl Dickinson, Liam Lawrence, John Eustace (c), Danny Pugh, Richard Cresswell, Mamady Sidibe, Ricardo Fuller
Subs: Russell Hoult, Gabriel Zakuani, Anthony Pulis, Jon Parkin, Vincent Pericard
Newcastle United: Shay Given, David Rozehnal, Jose Enrique, Abdoulaye Faye, Steven Taylor, Alan Smith (c), Nicky Butt, Charles N’Zogbia, Damien Duff, Mark Viduka, Michael Owen
Subs: Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, David Edgar, Andy Carroll, Kazenga LuaLua