Last Updated: 26/12/13 4:59pm
There's the final whistle, and what a heartbreaker for Stoke. 1-0 up and crusing after 30 minutes, but two red cards and five goals later, and Newcastle claim a memorable home win.
It could and should be five. Remy dinks in a cross and Gouffran can only head wide, albeit under pressure
Muniesa is on for Nzonzi, as Stoke continue to try and shore up the defence with no striker on the field. Cisse comes on for Gouffran in Newcastle's final change.
GOAL! Well and truly over for Stoke, now. Lovely one-touch football from Newcastle ends with Cabaye sidefooting home with a great effort. Hard on Stoke, and flattering on Newcastle.
Well played Palacios. Remy is played in through the centre and turns one, but Palacios tracks back well to cover.
Sublime from Ben Arfa. He gets the ball wide on the left before cutting inside past about four Stoke defenders. He eventually gets the shot away but it smashes off the angle of bar and post, with Remy's follow-up blocked.
GOAL! Heartbreaking for Stoke. It's 3-1 now, and the numbers game is showing. Debuchy's cross finds Sissoko who should do better, but Remy is on hand to head home.
Big chance for Newcastle as they're starting to dominate. Ben Arfa has been great all game and his curling stinger hits the outside of the post and rebounds out.
Cute little free-kick routine as Ben Arfa cuts it back to Cabaye, but his volley from full on 30 yards whistles wide.
GOAL! It was a matter of time, really. Gouffran is the scorer, as Ben Arfa's cross is poorly dealt with by defence and keeper, and the Frenchman taps home. Did Ben Arfa's cross go out of play, however?
Silly from Adam as he concedes a free-kick around 25 yards out. Cabaye curls one round the wall, but it's just wide.
Shola Ameobi is on for Newcastle in place of Vurnon Anita, with Andy Wilkinson replacing Assaidi for Stoke.
What a half of football that was then! What are your thoughts and predictions on that first 45? Who has impressed you? Who do you expect more from? And, of course, what will the result be? You can let me know via Twitter at MattStead91, or by e-mail at Matthew.Stead@bskyb.com.
Incredible scenes so far at St James'. Stoke were 1-0 up and cruising through Assaidi as Newcastle looked bereft of ideas. Two quickfire red cards, a manager storming out, a penalty miss, a handball claim and a deflected goal later, and Newcastle are on level terms and have a two-man advantage. Incredibly tough on Stoke, who looked great early on.
GOAL! Newcastle keep pushing however, and have their equaliser! With a hectic first half coming to a close, Ben Arfa breaks forward before slipping in Remy. His effort is deflected twice and bounces in off Sorensen's foot. So, so harsh on the visitors.
Remy's penalty is at the perfect height for Dane Sorensen who saves well! Stoke break forward and call for a penalty against Williamson. Looks like a good shout, but Atkinson disagrees.
Another red for Stoke, the game's turned on its head! Wilson is the next to go after Remy was played in behind the defence, and the centre-back is adjudged to have pulled the Frenchman down. Remy to take...
Not sure if Mark Hughes has been sent to the stands himself, but he threw his tracksuit over his head after Whelan's red and stormed down the tunnel.
It's a second booking for Whelan, and a very, very silly tackle on Cabaye. Worth a second yellow? Not for me, but Whelan gave referee Atkinson the option with the tackle. Stoke one goal up, but one man down.
Remy's struggling with a lack of support, and he's getting really frustrated here. As are the Newcastle fans, who are making their discontent heard.
GOAL! This guy loves stunning goals, and Assaidi has put Stoke ahead at Newcastle. He receives the ball in the box and cuts inside, before unleashing a beautiful curling effort into the top corner from 18 yards.
Cameron does well to hold off the challenge of Santon before laying off to the onrushing Adam, but his strike with the outside of the boot is a whisker wide of the post.
Gouffran drops deep to receive the ball, laying off to Remy who's outside on the right. Unfortunately for the Frenchmen, no-one is in support and his cross goes to waste.
Two corners in a row for Stoke, and although Newcastle defend neither of them decisively, they're eventually cleared to safety.
Great ball in from Adam on the right gives Debuchy all sorts of problems, but another great clearance keeps them on level terms.
Chance for Walters as he finds a way into the Newcastle area, but Williamson's slide tackle evades danger, conceding a corner.
A wonderfully deft turn from Ben Arfa presents the opportunity to slip Debuchy in behind on the right wing, but his cutback is blocked and cleared.
Gouffran and Santon combine effectively as the Frenchman works some space inside, but his shot is weak and wide.
Cabaye isn't happy as referee Martin Atkinson gets in the way of a pass, but little the man in black can do there.
Speculative effort from Crouch, evoking memories of his incredible strike against Manchester City a couple of years ago. He takes it on his chest before swiveling and hitting it on the volley, but Krul is well-positioned.
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Here's Steven, @binzyy96 on Twitter, backing Pardew's team selection for today's clash: Ben Arfa starting should boost his confidence for today and hopefully Newcastle should win.
The support doesn't stop flooding in there however, and Murray Fletcher sends his best wishes from overseas: Will be watching another Newcastle result from Australia at 2am!
Thomas Johnston makes it a hat-trick of confident Geordies: I think Newcastle have this one in the bag. 3-1.
Danni Rogers (@dannitoon) is first in over Twitter: Toon to win 5-1.. A Frenchman will probably score. Remy 3, Sissoko and Debuchy.
For Stoke, Thomas Sorensen starts in place of Asmir Begovic, who broke his finger in training yesterday. The goalscorer at the weekend, Charlie Adam, takes his place in the starting line-up over Marko Arnautovic for Mark Hughes' men, too.
Just the one change for Newcastle from their 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace last time out then, as Hatem Ben Arfa starts his first game since October, replacing the suspended Cheick Tiote.
Newcastle XI: Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Santon; Sissoko, Cabaye, Anita; Ben Arfa, Remy, Gouffran. Subs: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, S.Taylor, Haidara, Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Cisse.
Stoke City XI: Sorensen, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Adam, Assaidi, Crouch. Subs: Butland, Muniesa, Palacios, Jones, Arnautovic, Wilkinson, Ireland.
Jon Walters has scored more goals against Newcastle than versus any other Premier League opponent (4).
It is a year to the day that an English player last scored a Premier League goal for Newcastle United (James Perch v Man Utd on Dec 26th 2012).
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Stoke, on the other hand, have undergone a mini revival and haven't lost in four league games, seeing them rise to 10th under Mark Hughes.
Newcastle come into this festive fixture on the back of an excellent run in the league, with just Swansea able to beat them in their last eight matches. This run has seen Alan Pardew's men beat Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea on their way to sixth place.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary on this afternoon's Premier League clash between Newcastle and Stoke at St James' Park.