This weekend sees Stoke travel to St. James' Park undefeated in their last three contests against their hosts.
In total, the two teams have played each other 12 times in the Premier League. Stoke have won five to Newcastle’s four, with three draws between them.
If history is anything to go by, home advantage will be crucial for The Magpies. Stoke have only managed to pick up a solitary point in their last four visits to Tyneside.
The most notable of these wins came on Boxing Day 2013, with goals from Loic Remy (2), Yoan Gouffran, Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse condemning The Potters to a miserable 5-1 rout.
How Steve McClaren would welcome a similar result this time around.
In this fixture last season, a 90th minute Peter Crouch goal rescued a point for Mark Hughes' team after Jack Colback’s earlier strike looked to have handed Newcastle the win.
Fans can expect a similarly tight affair on Saturday, with both teams in the bottom half of the Premier League table.
Recent league form
Stoke hold the edge in form, winning their last three in a row before losing at home to 2-0 Watford this past weekend. Crucially, Mark Hughes’ men have only lost once in their previous five away matches.
Newcastle’s brilliant 6-2 win over Norwich City on 18th October now seems a lifetime ago after losing 3-0 to bitter rivals Sunderland in last Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby.
Steve McClaren is set to name to make only one forced change from the XI that lost to Sunderland, with influential midfielder Jack Colback facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury at The Stadium of Light. Dutchman Vurnon Anita is set come off the bench as a like-for-like replacement.
Defenders Phil Bardsley (suspension), Marc Muniesa (hamstring strain) and Geoff Cameron (thigh) will all be absent after featuring in Stoke’s midweek League Cup win against Chelsea whilst centre-back Ryan Shawcross is set to make his Premier League return for Stoke after playing all 120 minutes against the Premier League champions.