Premier League: Newcastle United v Stoke City Preview
It’s been a fantastic week on Tyneside as back-to-back away wins against some of the Premier League’s elite has seen confidence rocket from Chris Hughton’s side.
They followed up a hugely-deserved 1-0 win at Goodison Park over Everton on Saturday with a sensational Carling Cup victory at Chelsea in midweek.
The Magpies were 1-0 down early on but rallied back to a 3-1 lead.
It looked like they’d been pegged back when sulky Frenchman Nicolas Anelka got a brace, but local hero Shola Ameobi managed to get his head onto an extra-time corner to book his team’s place in the fourth round.
Despite it being a season of highs and lows for Newcastle so far this season, they appear to have a settled and close-knitted squad, something which was absent when they were relegated from the Premier League in 2009.
They entertain Stoke on Sunday afternoon and the St James’s Park faithful will expect a home win.
Despite the Potters only having recorded one win so far this season, four points from the last two games have seen them begin to pull away from the drop zone.
New signing from Steve Bruce’s Sunderland, £8m Kenwyne Jones, has looked back to his best and has already got two goals.
Both sides appear to be in good nick so expect a close finish to this one.
Bookmaker Boylesports are offering odds of 6/1 on the game being a 1-1 draw.
The game is live on Sky Sports 1 with kick-off at 4pm.
Odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change