The Newcastle team v Stoke sees Steve McClaren make four changes.

Paul Dummett for Rolando Aarons at left-back.

Jack Colback for Cheick Tiote in midfield.

Jamaal Lascelles for Coloccini in defence.

Yoan Gouffran for Andros Townsend in midfield…HOLD ON!

This has to be seen as a massive gamble or an attempt to get sacked.

As fans we have become used to seeing the team regularly getting beat, especially away from home, but picking Gouffran when you have any number of other options such as Aarons, Saivet, Perez, Doumbia or even Riviere…

Steve McClaren must know that the backlash will be extreme if it all goes wrong tonight with Gouffran at the heart of it.

Newcastle starting 11

Elliot, Janmaat, Lascelles, Taylor, Dummett, Sissoko, Colback, Shelvey, Gouffran, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic

On the bench

Darlow, Sterry, Saivet, Aarons, Perez, Doumbia, Riviere

(Compare Steve McClaren’s team to the predicted one featured earlier HERE)

Stoke v Newcastle Match Betting:

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Newcastle to win 3/1Shelvey to score first goal 19/1 Taylor the first player to get a card 8/1

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