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St. James' Park
Newcastle will be looking to move into the UEFA Champions League places when they face Stoke at St James' Park on Saturday. The Magpies are aiming to continue their five-game winning streak against the Potters; a run of form that has seen them move up to fifth in the Premier League. With Tottenham, who are level on points, playing on Saturday evening, Alan Pardew's side have the incentive of putting pressure on the top four. Their run of form has been largely due to Papiss Cisse's free-scoring form, combined with a defence that has conceded just once in five games. Their next quest is to eradicate a poor record against Stoke, with just one victory from their five meetings.
While Newcastle have Champions League qualification to play for, Stoke City have little to aim for at the end of the season. Tony Pulis' side make up a group of six teams in the Premier League separated by just one point, from Sunderland in ninth to Stoke in 14th. As with all the mid-table sides, the aim is to finish in the top half of the division, which would be a first for the club since their return to the top flight.
• Against Bolton, Newcastle equalled their Premier League club record of three consecutive clean sheets at home. They last achieved this in March-April 2008.
• If all games had finished at half-time this season, Stoke would be in 19th place ahead of only Wolves.