Last Updated: 10/03/13 5:02pm
GOAL - PAPISS CISSE - Marveaux ball into Cisee, offside flag doesn't come and the Senegalese star lashes the ball home.
Gutierrez skips into the box, he goes for goal but it is another corner. He looks to take but again it ends up with Begovic.
Nice play from Marveaux - he plays ball into Gouffran and goes for the one-two but his compatriot cannot return the favour and Stoke clear.
Crouch slips on the edge of the box, but he still takes the ball and tires for the corner but it is a tame effort which Elliot easily claims.
Newcastle counter and Massaido Haidara breaks down the left, he puts good ball into the box and Shawcross heads behind. Begovic claims the corner.
GOAL - YOHAN CABAYE - The French star gets a free-kick right as he curls the ball into the top corner.
Newcastle free-kick on the edge of the box as Sissoko is brought down, it came after Whelan had given the ball away and almost played in Gouffran.
Long ball from Debuchy looks for run of Santon, he gets to it and volleys cross into the area but Shotton deflects it back to Begovic.
Nasty looking challenge from Cisse on Cameron - free-kick but no card. Very lucky for the Newcastle man.
Really good chance for Shotton as he breaks into the box, Crouch and Jerome wait for the ball but he finds Taylor with his cross.
Gutierrez cuts inside from the left and goes for goal, Whelan deflects it behind. Taken short again, ball is chipped into the box but Shawcross again clears.
Good ball into the box from Gutierrez and Shawcross gets to ball ahead of Cisse to head away. Ball comes for Santon but his shot is charged down.
Surging run from Sissoko, he feeds Gouffran down the left but his cross deflects behind for a corner. It is taken short, but it is not good and Stoke clear.
Sissoko latches onto ball from Tiote, Begovic comes to the edge of the box and he puts off the Newcastle midfielder who can only lift it wide of the goal - that was a real chance.
Good defending from Debuchy as Crouch looked to chest the ball down in the box and volley an effort at goal - but the Frenchman got in well to clear.
Whistle goes for half-time and it is goalless with very little to write home about in terms of chances.
Long throw from Shotton is headed clear by Yanga-Mbiwa - ball comes back for Cameron and he curls it in towards Jerome, but he can't make a good connection.
Confusion in Newcastle box as Whelan links up with Crouch, he almost gets on return as Elliot comes for it but Gutierrez is forced to hack it clear.
Santon feeds Cabaye, he fires it from 25-yards but it deflects wide off Cameron. Another corner. It is delayed as Cabaye wanted to take short to Gutierrez but Walters was too close.
Good play from Gutierrez and he wins free-kick off Cameron. Out wide by Cabaye will swing this into the box, but once again Begovic takes.
Good play from Nzonzi - but he tries too much and Tiote is in well to win it, Gouffran is almost clear but Shawcross is there to clear into touch.
Really good chance for Gouffran - ball from Cabaye is not dealt with by Stoke defence but the former Bordeaux man can only help it over the bar from six-yards - should have hit the target.
Stray shot from Walters is kept in by Shotton, he crosses into the six-yard box but Elliot takes well and releases Debuchy for counter-attack. He is quickly into the Stoke half and gets his own cross in but Marc Wilson heads clear.
Santon gets forward for the first time today and he goes for goal, not a bad effort but straight at Begovic.
Good play from Tiote as he hassles Whelan and wins possession - he looks for Cisse at back post who misses the ball and gets clattered by Begovic for his troubles. Was also offside.
Nice ball from Cameron plays in Shotton, he goes past Santon and is brought down - nothing given, very fortunate for the Italian, could have been a penalty.
Good defending from Cameron as Cisse is almost clean through after one-two with Cisse but the American got-back and used his strength to disposes the Newcastle front-man.
Crouch looks to take ball down on the edge of the box, but he uses his arm and free-kick is given. Fortunate not to be booked as it looked deliberate.
Andy Wilkinson wins thrown-in close to corner flag off Gouffran - he launches it into box but Taylor rises well to clear.
Another good run from Debuchy down the right, despite pressure from Jerome he gets cross in which is sent behind. Another Cabaye corner comes in, but Stoke clear their lines.
Excellent counter attack by Stoke as Walters breaks clear - ball from Whelan is just too strong but flag is raised - he looked onside.
More good work from Gouffran and another corner is won. Taylor looks to connect to Cabaye corner but he just can't get the connection.
Another corner for Newcastle as Gouffran charges into the box and Shawcross gets his foot in. Cabaye takes short to Tiote and gets it back, he puts it in to the box - Stoke clear but only as far as Gutierrez, who comes back on his right foot before curling shot wide of the post - decent try.
Better from Stoke. Steven Nzonzi and Jon Walters combine to play in Shotton - but his ball into the box is poor, straight at Elliot.
Geoff Cameron comes forward on the right, he puts cross into the box which Tiote can only divert behind. Whelan takes but Sissoko clears ahead of Crouch.
A decent effort comes in from Cabaye, unchallenged he unleashes one from 25-yards but it flashes across goal and wide.
Debuchy getting down the right well, he finds Gouffran in the box but he fires straight at Begovic when he perhaps should have looked for better options elsewhere.
Newcastle getting on the ball now and playing some nice stuff with Jonas Gutierrez and Davide Santon linking up. Papiss Cisse picks it up and drives for goal, he unleashes one from all of 30-yards but that is way over the bar.
Whelan takes, it comes for Shotton - who tries to lob Elliot from the edge of the box but that is easy for the Newcastle keeper.
Good work from Yoan Gouffran closing down Shawcross and he wins a corner. Cabaye puts it in but the giant Begovic again plucks it out of the air - easy day so far for the Bosnian.
Another Stoke free-kick. Glen Whelan delivers but Elliot comes and takes. He looks to be caught by stray arm from Crouch, but nothing serious and he plays on.
Free-kick out wide for Newcastle - Cabaye over it again, he delivers into the box towards the back post but that is comfortable for Asmir Begovic.
Cabaye takes but Crouch clears behind. It comes in again from Cabaye - this time Shawcross heads away.
Nice play from Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy, the full-back gets to the by-line and wins a corner with Shawcross putting it behind.
Elliot has to be quick to clear as Taylor back pass is almost too short, but Crouch just can't get there.
Ball comes from Ryan Shotton but it is easily cleared, Peter Crouch then takes ball from Ryan Shawcross on edge of box before firing straight at Rob Elliot - not a bad attempt.
Stoke get on the ball early on and Yohan Cabaye concedes a free-kick with foul on Cameron Jerome - about 30-yards out on the left. Chance to put this into the box.
And staying abroad, Stoke fan Edd Irwin in South Africa: 'I would rather see Jones starting today and giving Walters a rest as he hasn't been playing to form in my eyes.Stoke will have a hard game today but I'm going for a 1-1 draw and a win will be a bonus.'
Plenty of your thoughts coming in - many thanks as always. Most of you thinking a home win. Like Alistair Johnson in Colorado, he mailed in: 'Disappointed to see that Ben Arfa is not selected. Going to for a Toon win, hopefully Cisse has his scoring boots on!'
Elliot; Debuchy, S.Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Cabaye (c), Tiote; Gutierrez, Sissoko, Gouffran; Cisse. Subs: Harper, Haidara, Perch, Anita, Obertan, Marveaux, Campbell
Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Wilson, Wilkinson; Shotton, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters; Jerome, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Whitehead, Shea, Kightly, Adam, Jones, Owen
Team news is filtering through, and Newcastle are much changed from midweek - with seven changes - only Rob Elliot in goal, Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Yohan Cabaye remain. One change for Stoke City with Geoff Cameron replacing Michael Kightly.
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