Newcastle vs Stoke – Match Preview


Newcastle will play three games in the next eight days, two in the league and the second leg of the Europa League tie with Anzhi Makhachkala,  and the results of these three games could tell us how we will end up this season.

If we can a win on Thursday night, we’ll go through to the quarter finals of the Europa League, and probably the easiest of the three games – next week we are at Wigan – is today’s game with Stoke City, and it seems that the fans are expecting a win with around 90% voting that way in our poll.

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In the game at the Britannia Stadium earlier in the season,  we were winning comfortable by a Papiss Cisse goal,  until we crumbled in the last 10 minutes and conceded two goals and lost the game 2-1 –  and Alan Pardew talked about that loss:

“We actually played very well that night.”“I think they were fortunate to win. Having said that, we are a lot stronger now. We’ve got a lot more creativity in the team, and power.”

“You have to be prepared for what they deliver.They are very strong at set plays, one of the strongest in the division.” “On the upside for us is our pace, movement and creativity. That’s what we’ve got to lean on if we’re going to win.”

“It’s our game plan against theirs really. Hopefully we can cope with theirs and they struggle to cope with our structure.”

Alan Pardew has said today that Ben Arfa will not start this game, and we still have Tim Krul and Fab Coloccini out of the side injured, so given that – maybe this is the side that will start this afternoon:

Debuchy Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa Santon
Gouffran Tiote Cabaye (c) Sissoko Gutierrez
Subs: Alnwick Haidara Perch Anita Marveaux Ben Arfa Obertan

Let us know which team you would start today.

That side has seven changes from the side that started on Thursday night, so it shows just how strong our squad has become with the five new Frenchmen acquired in January – we are now a completely different side – and so much better.

Last season we won this game comfortably by 3-0, and another scoreline like that would see us move up four places up the league table and ahead of Sunderland, Norwich, Stoke and West Ham.

And our full record against Stoke is played 84, won 41, lost 24 and drew 19.

Stoke will be without German International Robert Huth, who is suspended, and in their last eight league games Stoke have had a rough time of it – they have lost five and only won once, against Reading at home.

Here’s what the Newcastle manager has said about this game:

“It’s an important week for us. We’ve got Stoke at home, Wigan away and a Europa League game in the middle, so it’s very important. But we are in good form and looking forward to it.”

“A result against Stoke would go a long way to securing our Premier League status and relieve a bit of pressure on where we find ourselves. It would be nice to get a result on Sunday.”

We started slowly against Southampton in our last home game, and we were 1-0 down after just three minutes – so it will be important to start this game on the front foot today.

We hope to get all 3 points in the bag, and then we can look forward to Thursday night’s  game and possibly going through to the quarter finals of the Europa League.

Howay The Lads!!

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48 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Win 5-0 and we can go tenth. mmmm

  • Graeme

    Mar 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, that is such a defensive set-up considering we are the home team and need the 3 points. We also need 3 goals to replace Stoke on goal difference.

    I would play a 4 man diamond up front with Cabaye at the base, in front of Tiote & Anita, with Cissoko and Gouffran out wide in front of him and Cisse up front.

    That gives us the potential of a 5 man attack or a 6-7 man defence and should be more than capable of beating Stoke. Bring it on.

  • fergies left foot

    Mar 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #3

    We are due a win today! feels like stoke are being found out this season. do you know any channels that will show the game today (except viasat sport-sweden)?

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Mar 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Fergies Left Foot
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  • Graeme

    Mar 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Fergies – it will be on for sure and also on

    Good luck

  • fergies left foot

    Mar 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Thanks Graeme&Hugh!

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed, Pardrew has been playing goofy and guti on the opposite sides to your team, but we could do with Jonas there as walters will be having a right go at santon trying to expose his obvious defensive weakness. Like goofy on the left cos he he is very dangerous cutting in and makes it a seamless effort getting back defending.
    Hope Pardrew can sort a good system, his use of benny was genius last season, hope he can do it again. Feel sorry for Anita, he is class
    FSI stream has loads of channels and links.

  • yo-yo

    Mar 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Previous thread

    Those guys who reckon Pardew can’t get the best out of Benny ought to reflect on his progress since AP came in – attitude, confidence, work rate and the simple fact he works with the manager not against him as he used to do.
    AP has made a couple of errors in bringing him back a wee bit early – presumably after medical clearance – but that is all.

  • only magpie of nepal

    Mar 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #9

    i would play
    Debucy Mbiwa Saylor Haidara
    Tioman Cabs
    Goufran Santon

    Subs: Alnwick, Anita, Mavo, Pearch, Jonas, BENNY,
    Stolla Amobi

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Mar 10, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Going for a 3-1 win after falling behind early on! Papiss 2 and Gouffran! 😀

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 10, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #11

    We can spank these today. HWTL 🙂

  • Harley

    Mar 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #12

    I know we say this every game but this game really is massive!!

    A win today (especially a big one) and we can surely assume we’re safe. Not mathematically but probably.

    That would then give us a great opportunity to go full throttle in the Europa. I’m not saying we’re going to win it but I said before the Anzi game, if we can get past them we are definitely one of the teams capable of lifting the trophy.

    Sunderland to go down, Newcastle to win the Europa and 3 points today.


    Mar 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Field I would love us to field out.

    Debuchy ——saylor ——m’biwa ——haidara
    ——————cabaye——-tiote —————-
    Gouffran———————————— santon

    Team I think Pardiola will field


  • only magpie of nepal

    Mar 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Evertime i see newcastle with MR.TIO playing I only pray they finish with 11 men on pitch.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 10, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #15

    I think even benny has said that himself that Pardrew has brought another dimension to his game, the responsibility of that wide right roll tracking back, instead of wandering around doing what he wants. His handling of him has been supberb, sure they have had a few disagerments but he has boosted his confidence but at the same time never bowed down to him.

  • TimKrulFan

    Mar 10, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Today’s game is going to be to crap I can just tell its going to be one of the most boring games of the season.

  • Teamstoof

    Mar 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #17

    I am a swedish magpie, can anyone of you help me to get tickets to our homegame against Liverpool on 25th of April?
    Thankful for all the help I can get.
    contact me at


    Mar 10, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #18


  • darrenfletcher88

    Mar 10, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Can’t wate for the game,hoping for a big performance from the lads today!!!

  • Teamstoof

    Mar 10, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Thanks, I thought that the tickets were sold out before the are available to non members/ticket holders.

    Hope I am wrong


    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar
    10, 2013 at 11:21 AM
    Win 5-0 and we can go tenth. mmmm

    Fingers crossed… would love 5-0 result our way .. amen 😀


    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #22

    I don’t think the tickets are even on sale yet


    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #23

    There’s a lack of activity on here today like, wow


    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #24

    A win is a must. Relegation teams winning, we need to distance ourselves.

  • Graeme

    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Its been very quiet all day lol

    Thought I had logged on to lol


    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Most people must have hangovers after celebrating the mackems awful display against the bottom of the league qpr haha!!

  • geordie@bergen_norway

    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Marv in for Guti. More creativity = more goals (hopefully).

  • bollance

    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Not sure if it has been mentioned but our bench all of a sudden looks very good even with current injuries (according to Ed’s line up, which i agree with),

    Alnwick Haidara Perch Anita Marveaux Ben Arfa Obertan

  • Spreadthetoon

    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #29

    I am hoping Cisse bags a brace today. This lad is a great player….people should not forget that. His career statistics are even better than Ba’s. Cisse is the real deal………………….

    Overall career totals

    Apps Subs Gls Yls Reds
    Total (Club) 225 (25) 99 22 1
    League 215 (23) 95 21 1
    FA Cup 2 (0) 2 0 0
    League Cup 1 (1) 1 0 0
    European/Others 7 (1) 1 1 0

  • Dukis22lt

    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Jonas form has improved last couple of games hopefully he produces again but I dont want to see him in the team from next season. I wonder what will happen with him if his pal Colo leaves, I think he might jump the boat too.

  • Ben_BKK

    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #31

    Good to see Best getting his first start for Blackburn today. I thought he did a job for us and was unlucky to get such a bad injury.

  • TimKrulFan

    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Just saw Pards wearing glasses on SSN he losing it I tell you.

  • coatesy17

    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #33

    While Jonas offers us alot less creativity than he used to, he gives us the balance in the team to allow our offensive players to push up more!

  • IITianToon

    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #34


    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder
    The slight knock picked up by Hatem Ben Arfa in Russia looks to have cost #nufc today. Not likely to be involved v #scfc Not serious though.

  • TimKrulFan

    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #35

    @Dukis. I hope he leaves I like him but he’s not what he used to be he should leave while we all new how good he was. I want to remember him as a good player not one holding us back.

  • robin

    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Pardew and Pulis, two of the worst managers in the Premier league. They boast roughly the same playing and managerial record as well as being about the same age. Both of these plodders have never known the feeling of winning they are the nearly men of top flight football. A prime example of a born winner is Micheal Laudrup, one season at lowly Swansea, and already a trophy lifted, just like all through his distinguished career as a player.


    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #37


    Them statistics look very confusing

  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #38

    Our kind of players at his disposal. Imagine what Michael laudraup could achieve.

  • askar

    Mar 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #39

    King Arfa—————————————-gouffran

  • yo-yo

    Mar 10, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #40


    As MO’N won loads with Celtic it really does say something about your club doesn’t it ?


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