CONFIRMED: Stoke City v Newcastle United line-ups - Cisse on the bench!

Here are the sides for Stoke City against Newcastle United this evening.

Stoke City: Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Muniesa; Whelan, Nzonzi; Diouf, Adam, Moses; Crouch

Subs: Sorensen, Pieters, Huth, Ireland, Arnautovic, Assaidi, Bojan

Newcastle United: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Dummett; Tiote, Colback; Sissoko, Cabella, Gouffran; Riviere

Subs: Elliot, S.Taylor, Anita, Obertan, Ameobi, Armstrong, Cisse

Stoke City head into this game looking to improve on a 2-2 draw at QPR in their last game.

Mark Hughes’ side are always difficult to beat when they play in front of their own crowd and three points for the side would take them up to at least 12th and further away from the danger of the bottom three.

Finding some consistency for Stoke is important because positive performances such as the one at Manchester City have been few and far between.

Newcastle United are currently in a perilous position just above the bottom of the table and Burnley on goal difference.

The pressure Alan Pardew is under has been well documented and it’s important for the club that they play well and battle for at least a point, which would be progress as they look to climb away from the bottom places.

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