Huge Percentage Expect A Win Against Stoke


The last time 80% of fans thought we’d win a league game was back in September,  when a massive 84% thought we’d (easily) beat Hull City and lo and behold we were beaten 3-2 after we had won our previous three games.

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Mark Hughes – Stoke City manager

So maybe there should be some caution about tomorrow’s game, since 80% think we’ll win and 12% think it will be a draw and only a minuscule 8% think Newcastle will lose tomorrow.

Here is the poll as it stands at the moment and there;s still time to vote.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Stoke City?

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And this is the poll before the Hull City game on Saturday, September 21st, which we ended up losing. 🙁

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Hull City?

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Maybe Alan Pardew should remind his players not to be over-confident – be confident – but a win is by no means a certainly tomorrow against an improving Stoke City side.

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64 comments so far

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    there was similar % of votes to loss against Chelsea, Manure & Spurs and look how that turned out, there was also 70-80 % for us to win against Palace and that 3-0 smashing summed it all up ( should of been 6-0 though )

    honestly though i think we will draw but win against Arsenal

    HWTL

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Repost:
    Just read NUFC.com, I’m sick to death of hearing Pardew moan about Europa, he cites Swansea who are probably no better or worse than they were last season and Spurs who managed fifth last season with a good EL run, I am not doubting that the extra games have an effect but managed correctly teams can compete on both fronts, Pards is just too ……. to admit that our biggest downfall was that his boss(es) chose to weaken the squad rather than strengthen it before our last EL campaign.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail for Ashley

    it could be a way that AP is trying to get through to MA to get more players in for rotation for if or when we get back into Europe

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    B andW
    I am at a loss as to what levels of complicity the Silver tongued lothario has in the inner workings of the club.

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  • scout

    Dec 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Silver tongue haha brilliant, mate he’s not talking us down the table so he can keep talking for me

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  • Toonfan8

    Dec 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    we have to bring one striker…Giuseppe Rossi would be dream 😀 other options could be Benteke, Mitroglou, Aboubakar, Finbogasson…for winger my dream option is Antoine Griezman…great player

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  • croftus5678

    Dec 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    @6 toonfan

    you never know rossi could remember all the good times playing for us and re-sign ^^ hohoho

    as long as we sign atleast 2 players so we can see some sense about how ashley works and get us excited that we are aiming for better things.

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  • dogg

    Dec 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    MERRY XMAS ED ET AL HWLL

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  • ethiomag

    Dec 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    i go 4 5 man mf,ben in for cheick, leaving other winning members as they r.or mbiwa in to handle cheick’s job,later ben could come in to dance as they get tired after 70 or 75min,,this kind of games we need to win lads,it doesn’t matter if we don’t get a result agst gunners
    if we beat both ars and stk,i go for the title contenders

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 25, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Morning everyone!

    Hope you had a wonderful christmas? (or is it the 25th where you are from)

    Isn’t it a bit cheeky expecting a win? I just expect a performance and a gameplan (and a plan B when needed 😉 )

    …that’s all I wanted for Christmas!

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Dec 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #11

    If we are going to beat Stoke, it will probably be by a 1 goal margin, with us just about shading it.

    Yes we beat Palace 3-0, but we had a deflected goal, an own goal and a penalty… I really do not think we blew them away, but the possession stats were more then impressive.

    I am thrilled about where we are right now, but if we do not beat Stoke, then we go into the Arsenal game, staring at mid-table mediocrity for the season.

    Simply put, if we do not beat Stoke, our season is all but over.

    We are closer to the brink of nothing, than we are to the brink of a great season.

    I have no doubts that Man Utd are going to put together a strong run… Spurs next 2 fixtures look like winners for them too.

    I would take 3 points from 2 games.

    Our January games all look winnable, apart from Man City.

    Spurs have Man Utd, Arsenal and Man City in January – so, we should be aiming to mix it with Spurs for league position this season… but we are going to need those Stoke points. If we end the month 5/6 points behind Spurs, it will be a psychological blow, that will separate us from the top chasers.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Merry Christmas to everyone on the blog. A 4 -1 win to the Toon tomorrow will do quite nicely.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Dec 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail for Ashley:

    I remember our fringe players, playing in the earlier stages of the Europa league…

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20537273

    ^ Take a look at the team in that particular fixture last season… makes you wonder how the Europa league would take its toll on our players, when the majority of our first team players were not playing in the group stages.

    Sure, you could blame the Europa league once we starting putting more effort at the knock-out stages, but we were not performing in the league long before that.

    I will not accept the Europa League as an excuse for our league form last season.

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 25, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #14

    Happy christmas ed and thankyou for a cracking blog. Had its fair share of fall outs this year but to be expected i suppose with everyone having there own philosophy on nufc. But hey the sites still strong and full of cracking members who i wish you all the best for the new year.
    3-1 boys tommorow…………1-1 against the gunners and i’d be a happy man.
    Gomis contract can be bought out for a 1 mill euros if we still think hes worth a punt. Gomis in cisse out a maybe. ????

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 25, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #15

    Merry Christmas to NUFC fans everywhere!
    I hope everyone has a great day.

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  • county down magpie

    Dec 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Merry Christmas folks, how did the man with the big sack treat you all today? Simply over the moon at our recent form, to think we’ve 30 points on the board at this stage is fantastic after all the doom mongering and naysayers had their meltdown at the seasons start. Im constantly grinning like a Cheshire cat! Anyway heres to a great and positive 2014 and whatever it may bring. To all the toon toon army out there, keep the faith and support the lads, who knows what we can achieve when we’re all together!

    HWTL

    PS IF west ham go down, would any of you consider a bid for Andy? I doubt they could continue to pay his wages without the extra revenue

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  • Toonfan8

    Dec 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Stoke is must win, we cant afford to lose any point to those type of opponents at home. We have all players availible, in form, so maybee i would go with this squad
    Debuchy,Willo,Colo,MYM
    ……..Anita………..Cabaye
    Sissoko,….HBA…Gouffran
    ……………Remy…………….
    playing MYM allowed to play HBA because he is better defensively than Santon and help in defensive set pieces…

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #18

    county down magpie

    No doubt he’s quality when fit and on form.
    He’s not done the job for Liverpool or WHU.
    Pay if he plays … ?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 25, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #19

    jail

    exactly swansea are no better or worse than last year and spurs are around the same too.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #20

    county down magpie

    stay away from carrol at all costs. guy’s never fit and means we go back to hoofball. no thanks. brendan Rodgers knew what he was doing getting rid as Liverpool are top of the table and west ham and dark age anti football allardyce are almost bottom 3.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #21

    ancient coptic

    exactly

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  • belgrade fan

    Dec 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Merry Christmas lads from Serbia.

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  • Doocey

    Dec 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Happy Christmas to everyone – from Ireland.

    Here’s hoping for a nice win against Stoke City!

    Doocey.

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  • roy

    Dec 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Nailed on three points tomorrow and Arsenal, aren’t as good as the pundits make out, so i expect the mighty Mags, to have a good Christmas, here in Geordie land!

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  • roy

    Dec 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Merry Christmas, from Geordie land keep the faith!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #26

    I agree with the poster who mentioned about our Europa.

    It’s a poor excuse really. Our poor performance in the league started long before that, and we used to put our fringe players in Europe. Not like our first teamers played twice every week.

    Poor excuse by Pardew. But who cares. We are doing brilliant now.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Dec 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #27

    As it’s Christmas, I’d like to make a special mention and give thanks to two great, hearty performers this season: mike williamson and yoan gouffran. It’s what you want to see in the black and white. Hwtl.

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  • obatoyou

    Dec 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #28

    What Newcastle fan would predict a loss against Stoke?
    Seems we have some fans of other teams logging in to our blog..

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Christmas is great, but as a sports lover you have to love the Boxing day.

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  • toonincheek

    Dec 25, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #30

    AP’s complaints about the effect of the Europa League are, as highlighted above, way off the mark, as we played a high percentage of fronge players in the early ties.
    (although the schedule does disrupt preparations for the league games)

    But – I recall that after we finished 5th (and AP never accepted we over-performed – it was always “we are where we deserve to be”) that many on this blog were complaining about not giving the youngsters a chance.

    That is EXACTLY what MA/AP and crew did – gave the youngsters a chance to play Europa and step it up to PL level.
    They failed, plus we had injuries and key players (Cabaye, Tiote) off form.
    Result – flirtation with relegation.

    IMO giving the younsters a chance to play/improve/prove themselves was a significant factor in not strengthening the squad that summer.

    And OK, MA will always look for the cheap/economic option.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Dec 25, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #31

    So thankful for the way the season has played out… Alot of the pressure that was mounting on the players and especially the gaffer from last year has evaporated… Negative pressure that is, there is still pressure but pardew is not managing each match for his job. Also happy we locked him down long term because he has proven he is a solid manager when he has a squad to work with, he also seems to learn from his mistakes and is so passionate and proud to be manager of newcastle united. With all these clubs sacking managers, if pards wasn’t on a lifetime deal lol, they would be coming after him. Also I think he is still improving as a manager… But mainly his passion for the toon matches the Geordies in the stands and Round the world and that’s just outstanding for me… I am a huge pardew fan always have been even last year, just because I think that the 3 ring circus that has been newcastle united over the last 8 years or so needed some consistency, needed a manager to stay 10 years to invest personally into the club and bring stability to the club… No one can argue that he hasn’t done that… Granted nobody wanted to see Chrissy go, and pards came in under a terrible circumstance, but he has fought through that and brought newcastle united back to where we belong, with the big boys in England, and growing the club as well… 2014 hopefully will be special and the start of a new golden era in newcastle united history and when it’s all said and done the gaffer should get a gentlemans dose of the credit… Hwtl merry Christmas

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 25, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #32

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mistakes-Were-Made-but-Not/dp/1780660359 by Pardew.

    I’m till not convince we have solved all the issues from last years bad form. But we are moving in the right direction.

    The players have better fitness this season and hopefully that is because of the new fitness coach and not because the coinflipped.

    We have squad now rather than barely a first team.

    We have more settle squad this season.

    And Pardew was forced into letting go some of his core ideas because of certain players became inavailable.

    And who can really deny the influence of JF**K have had on our results. =)

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 25, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #33

    I hope you all stood to attention for the queens speech lol.
    Im praying big time we have a transfer window like last jan and please get rid of the dead wood. Although if the papers are to believed we had slapped a £ 22 mill price tag on cabs head. Would be gutted if he left personally but i suppose every player has his price.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 25, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Roy at 24

    please stop saying that. As Ed said, everyone was saying that v Hull and we crashed and burned big time.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 25, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #35

    So do you have a Queen’s speech at Christams? We only have that at New Year!

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  • scout

    Dec 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Very nice to hear from you sgt
    Have a great day sir

    Hears to the servicemen and servicewomen, serving around the world away from their families this Christmas. Big respect to each and every one of you.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #37

    A Trivial Persuit question for you:

    Which is the oldest Monarchy in Europe?

    There will be no optiions 😉

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 25, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Jesper
    Good evening mate, hope youve had a cracking christmas day. Yes we are lucky enough to have a queens speech every year god bless her socks

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 25, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #39

    jazzyp
    I don’t think Arsenal will go after him in this window. Psg might do it if they can’t get Pogba. If they do get Pogba then Juventus might look to add Cabaye and so on.

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 25, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #40

    Jesper
    Mmmmmmmmm lets see would it be a scandinavian country by any chance lol

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