Here is the predicted Newcastle team v Stoke.

I can’t imagine too many changes from Steve McClaren despite the three goal defeat by the mackems.

This is down to a few reasons, with two at the top of the list.

Despite the scoreline Newcastle played pretty well at Sunderland before, and indeed after, the red card for Coloccini.

Also, there aren’t really that many other options, or at least not ones that would improve the team.

Jack Colback is suspended on Saturday but also out for at least six weeks after being ‘Cattermoled’ on Sunday.

Unless McClaren makes a number of positional changes, which he won’t, it is very hard to see him doing anything but pairing Cheick Tiote and Vurnon Anita in the middle of the pitch.

Both Rolando Aarons and Kevin Mbabu are set to be available but I can’t see either of them starting.

Paul Dummett will hopefully have come on for another week’s training, whilst going forward it would appear foolhardy to consider changing any of Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Sissoko and Perez.

newcastle team v stoke

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