Alan Pardew picked the team we thought he would pick tonight, with Cabella in the withdrawn striker role and Sissoko and Gouffran on the wings.
We would have preferred young Armstrong to have started in the number 10 position – but this is still a very strong team we are fielding tonight, with Riviere the lone striker up front and it’s the familiar 4-2-3-1 formation.
This is the same team that started against Hull City when we went behind 2-0 but then came surging back in the last 20 minutes of the game with two good goals from Papiss Cisse.
Colback and Tiote will be in central midfield and Tim Krul returns in goal having recovered from the flu bug, as has Yoan Gouffran.
Papiss Cisse and Adam Armstrong are both on the bench, and both should see some action tonight.
Stoke (4-2-3-1): Asmir Begovic; Phil Bardsley, Ryan Shawcross (c), Marc Wilson, Marc Muniesa; Glenn Whelan, Steven Nzonzi; Mame Biram Diouf, Charlie Adam, Victor Moses; Peter Crouch
Substitutes: Thomas Sorensen, Erik Pieters, Robert Huth, Stephen Ireland, Marko Arnautovic, Oussama Assaidi, Bojan
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran; Emmanuel Riviere
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Armstrong, Papiss Cisse
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)
Newcastle will be going all out to win this game tonight – to break our duck – and that’s maybe the only result that will keep owner Mike Ashley happy.
If we lose this game it could well be curtains for Alan Pardew – but we are hoping for the win – we can do it.
Howay The Lads!!
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