Hat-trick hero to start: Predicted Stoke line-up to play Newcastle

Match between Stoke City and Newcastle United to be played on Sunday 8th February 2015 at 14:05. Venue: St. James' Park, Newcastle.

Stoke City travel to St James’ Park this weekend to take on a Newcastle United side currently just one place and two points below them.

Stoke are now in the top 10 following their 3-1 win against Queens Park Rangers last time out and Mark Hughes will want to keep the momentum going if possible.

That said, Newcastle enjoyed a fine victory of their own last weekend, defeating Hull City 3-0.

Stoke’s form since losing 3-0 to Arsenal in January has been very promising, with victories over Leicester in the league and Rochdale in the FA Cup sitting alongside their most recent victory, where Jon Walters netted a hat-trick.

In injury news, Erik Pieters is out with a groin injury and summer signing Bojan Krkic is side-lined with a knee problem.

Peter Odemwingie is a long-term absentee while Mame Biram Diouf is a doubt with fatigue, although he should be fit to feature. Ryan Shawcross has a back injury but has a 75 per cent chance of being back in contention.

With all that in mind, here is the side we predict Stoke will start with this weekend:

Predicted Stoke City line-up: Begovic, Bardsley, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Wilson, N’Zonzi, Whelan, Arnautovic, Ireland, Moses, Walters

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