Newcastle unchanged for Stoke clash

BENCH ... Mehdi Abeid.

BENCH ... Mehdi Abeid.

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JOHN Carver has named an unchanged Newcastle United side for this afternoon’s home game against Stoke City.

Head coach Carver has kept faith with the team that beaten Hull City 3-0 last weekend.

Fit-again defender Paul Dummett is on the bench along with midfielders Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan, both available again after recovering from long-term injuries.

Stoke striker Peter Crouch – who scored the home goal in Newcastle’s 1-0 defeat at the Britannia Stadium earlier this season – is on the bench for the visitors at St James’s Park (2.05pm kick-off).

United are two points behind 10th-placed Stoke in the Premier League.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara; Sissoko, Anita, Colback; Cabella, Perez, Ameobi. Subs: Woodman, Dummett, Abeid, Obertan, Gouffran, Riviere, Cisse.

STOKE CITY: Begovic; Bardsley, Muniesa, Wollscheid, Wilson; Whelan, Nzonzi; Walters, Ireland, Moses; Diouf. Subs: Butland; Cameron, Wilkinson, Palacios, Adam, Sidwell, Crouch.