Premier League Match Preview: Newcastle United vs. Stoke City

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Updated: December 23, 2013
Newcastle

Match Date: 26 December 2013 (local)

Match Venue: St James’ Park

 

Newcastle United

Sitting comfortably at the league table’s sixth highest spot, Newcastle United rejoice for the nine victories they have (so far) earned this season, including their most recent one from Crystal Palace 0-3. But what seems to be an already-impressive run is not yet that satisfying for the Alan Pardew-led team. They are still aiming for more. They are targeting an even higher spot in the rankings.

 

Their outings were objectively inconsistent, but the return to their territory in their upcoming match means they are off a sound fixture. The Magpies’ home matches were mostly very successful, with just one tourney that felt a little out of tune. Nevertheless, that was just a tiny portion of the club’s marvelous streak.

 

Newcastle might be missing Ryan Taylor in their next joist, but the side’s capability to win their battle stays strong. In addition, Pardew remains optimistic that he can retain midfielder Yohan Cabaye in the January transfer window.

 

Stoke City

Stoke City have been unbeaten for four matches now, securing two victories and two stalemates. This is at the back of their appalling defeat from Everton, which saw them leaving the pitch empty handed and conceding four goals. Current standings place the side at number 10, just one point clear of falling down the bottom half. Their present record stands at W5-D6-L6.

 

The relegation zone is apparently the most dangerous spot to dwell in, but the risks shouldered by mid-table occupants like Stoke City make not much of a difference. Inconsistency was the founding factor of this club’s inclusion in the table’s middle section, as evidenced by an almost equal distribution of their match results to all possible finishes.

 

Football betting tip: A stronger, much more consistent Newcastle United will rule this tourney over. Stoke City, however, will not go home without netting at least one goal.

 

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