Newcastle United v Stoke City, Saturday 15:00
Unbeaten in their last eight home fixtures, Newcastle can claim a sixth consecutive victory this weekend when they welcome Stoke City to the Sports Direct Arena as Betvictor place the Magpies as firm odds on favourites to bag another three points on Saturday.
Alan Pardew’s side are currently level on points with Tottenham Hotspur who sit above them in fourth, but remain in the race for Champions League football next season with the kind of form they’ve showcased over the last month.
The North East outfit haven’t failed to net in a match since early February and while that might be largely down to the prolific impact of January signing Papiss Demba Cissé, Newcastle have turned themselves into a considerable force to face at Tyneside.
With the early return from injury of captain, Fabricio Coloccini, this weekend’s hosts will also be looking to stop the Stoke attack outright as the Potters currently hold the worst attacking record in the Premier League when performing away from home.
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Tony Pulis’ men have managed to score an average of just 0.65 goals per away match this season, failing to net in a staggering 47% of games played in unfamiliar territory.
The Potters’ chances aren’t helped by the fact that Jermaine Pennant looks set to miss the weekend fixture after picking up a flu virus during the week.
Newcastle have several injuries of their own too with Leon Best, Danny Guthrie, Cheick Tioté and James Perch all doubts for the clash in Newcastle.
Another key possible absence could be Tim Krul who suffered a minor back injury during the week but Alan Pardew has stated that his talismanic stopper is likely to be ready in time for the Stoke game.
Should other results go in their favour, Stoke can jump up five places with a win on Saturday and move into the top half of the table.
However, with Champions League beckoning Newcastle, the hosts will be just as adamant on coming away triumphant.