Newcastle vs Stoke: Flashback Friday

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Newcastle vs Stoke is statistically a game that the Magpies win. The Tynesiders have come away with three points 43 times, while the Potters have only won 26 times.

However, the Tyneside club are going through hard times at the moment, with only one win all season. They will be looking to rebound after a disappointing defeat to Sunderland, while Stoke are coming off the back of a victory against Chelsea.

Mark Hughes has brought players with attacking flair into the side, such as Bojan, and Stoke are a different side completely to the one under Tony Pulis.

Newcastle will need to keep it tight at the back if they are to win, while being more clinical going forward.

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Meanwhile, midfielder Jack Colback will be ruled out for the next six weeks after suffering an injury against the Black Cats.

Head coach Steve McLaren told fans in a newsletter: “Sadly we won’t have Jack Colback in our line-up this weekend after the results of a further scan on his right knee today.

“Unfortunately this injury, which was sustained at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, will see him out for up to six weeks and we all wish Jack the very best in his recovery.”