Premier League Preview: Stoke vs. Newcastle

Football fans at Britannia Stadium will celebrate Premier League match time on Saturday 19 March, when Stoke host Newcastle in match week 30.

The game is the second of a two-legged meeting where the first hosted Newcastle on 26 September 2010. This match ended 2-1 in the guests' favor.

Kenwyne Jones, Stoke's £ 8m signing, disappointed in the first half but compensated more than after the interval for leading Stoke to an away win at St James's Park. The decision to continue with Trinidad and the Tobago striker after the interval paid off richly as Jones scored the equalizer for Potter 7 minutes after the hour.

Earlier, the Magpies took the lead in the first half when Nolan scored a penalty kick in 43 minutes. Stoke's match winner came with 5 minutes of regulation time to go, out of an own goal from Perch.

On the day, Newcastle were enchanted by Stokes' air power, best exemplified by Jones himself, who got his goal via a header, apart from a couple of other headers hitting the woodwork. Newcastle were under heavy pressure to cope with Stokes' dead ball as their defense grew more and more shambolic as Potter's reinforced ante in the second half. In contrast, Stokes' back-line absorbed everything the Magpies could throw at them, especially by their talismanic striker Carroll, who was close to scoring an เหยี่ยวข่าวพรีเมียร์.

Head to head, the sides have met 5 times in the league and won one match each.

In their last 8 league games, this season, Stoke have recorded 2 wins and 6 losses, while Newcastle have won 2 of their last 8, while losing 2 and drawing the remaining 4. Of their 14 home games, Stoke have won 7 and lost 4 while drawing the rmeianingen 3; Newcastle have won 5 out of 14 road matches, while losing 6 and pulling the remaining 3 out.

In game week 29, Stoke lost 3-0 away to West Ham; Newcastle lost 2-1 at home to Everton.

In its current form, expect this to be a tough match where Stoke have a small edge due to playing before home fans.

Stokes' starting eleven against West Ham had the following players: Begovic, Wilson, Shawcross, Pugh, Pennat, Delap, Whitehead, Whelan, Walters and Carew. Jones, Fuller and Etherington were used as substitutes.

Newcastle had the following men in their starting eleven against Everton: Harper, Taylor, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Simpson, Tiote, Nolan, Guttierez, Best and Lovenkrands. Ameobi, Kuqi and Ferguson highlighted as substitutes.