Manager rings the changes....
MARK HUGHES made six changes to his starting line-up for the New Year’s Day visit of Newcastle United to the bet365 Stadium.
Following Saturday’s defeat at Chelsea, Erik Pieters, Joe Allen, Kurt Zouma, Xherdan Shaqiri, Maxim Choupo-Moting and Peter Crouch all came back into the side.
Their inclusions meant that Joshua Tymon, Ibrahim Afellay, Darren Fletcher, Ramadan, Mame Diouf and Saido Berahino all dropped out, with the former two completely from the matchday squad.
Jack Butland once again continued in between the sticks and marshalled a back four containing Tom Edwards, Zouma, Kevin Wimmer and Pieters.
Geoff Cameron and Adam were deployed in deep-lying midfield positions and behind Shaqiri, Allen and Choupo-Moting.
Leading the line for the Potters was Crouch who went in search of his seventh career goal against the Magpies.
Stoke City: Butland; Edwards, Zouma, Wimmer, Pieters; Cameron, Adam; Shaqiri, Allen, Choupo-Moting; Crouch. Subs: Grant, Ireland, Berahino, Diouf, Fletcher, Ramadan, Souttar.