Spanish left-back, Jose Enrique joins Steven Taylor and Peter Lovenkrands on the injury list but Sebastien Bassong brings a boost to a frail Toon defence. The Frenchman has been a big hit on Tyneside and fans will hope his return can sure up a defence that has failed to keep a clean sheet in it's last five games.
Obafemi Marins and Michael Owen are expected to start up front and Owen bagged a brace in the reverse fixture. Tall striker Andy Carroll could make an impact from the bench with his aerial threat against a strong Stoke defence.
Stoke's only injury problem is the long term absence of Madamy Sidibie and with a fully fit and fully confident squad, including free scoring striker James Beattie, Tony Pulis' men will be more than ready for the visitors.
Played - 33
Stoke - 17
Draws - 9
Newcastle - 7
Goals - 79
PROBABLE LINE UPS
Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Abdoulaye Faye, Higginbotham, Lawrence, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Fuller, Beattie.
Harper, Coloccini, Cacapa, Beye, Bassong, Nolan, Butt, R. Taylor, Jonas, Martins, Owen
This will be a very close and likely painful match to watch for all involved. The football on show will not be the most beautiful that the world has ever witnessed but it will be some of the most exciting and nail-biting action all season.
STOKE 1 - 1 NEWCASTLE