Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sat 10th March, 2013.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W.Mids).
UK TV: None.
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this afternoon’s game between the Magpies and Stoke City from St James’ Park.
Although Stoke are four places above us in the table, their recent Premiership form has been pretty awful to be frank. In their last eight Premiership games, they have lost six and drawn one, winning a solitary game against bottom feeders Reading. To put it sequentially their Premier League record (most recent first) has been L|L|W|L|D|L|L|L. Of course our form was similar until recently, however the record for our last eight games makes slightly better reading now as it is L|W|L|W|W|L|D|L. Whilst that is hardly spectacular, it is an improvement. This slight upsurge in forms means that although we are still 15th, a convincing win by two goals or more would see us rising as high as eleventh (where Stoke are now), although one of the teams we would overtake, West Ham, would still have a game in hand. Even so, it would be great if the lads could pull it off. Here’s hoping!
Anyway, on that optimistic note I will move on to my usual reminders that I shall be updating this post with the official team sheets for the game when they become available, as well as posting links where you can watch the game online. Finally, I will also be posting match highlights, post match interviews and a video of the whole game when it’s all over.
Howay the Lads!
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (C), Jonas Gutierrez, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Steve Harper (G), Massadio Haidara, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Adam Campbell.
Stoke City (4-4-2): Asmir Begovic (G), Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross (C), Marc Wilson, Andy Wilkinson,; Ryan Shotton, Glen Whelan, Steven Nzonzi, Jonathan Walters, Cameron Jerome, Peter Crouch.
Subs: Thomas Sorensen, Dean Whitehead, Charlie Adam, Michael Kightly, Brek Shea, Kenwyne Jones, Michael Owen.