It's all over.
Boos ring out around the bet365 stadium.
A terrible start to 2018 for Mark Hughes.
It's all over.
Boos ring out around the bet365 stadium.
A terrible start to 2018 for Mark Hughes.
Stoke are really trying here. They have plenty of bodies in the box for the corner but Diouf can't direct his touch into the back of the net.
This is the last chance saloon for the hosts.
SAVED ON THE LINE.
How did that not go in?
Karl Darlow to the rescue yet again from Diouf's header and Berahino can't capitalise on the rebound.
Almost. Mohamed Diame picks off Joe Allen's wild pass and looks to be in but he sends a wild shot over the bar.
Diouf with an acrobatic effort but he's denied by a fantastic reaction from Karl Darlow.
The goalkeeper palms the ball away to keep his side in front.
It just won't go for Mark Hughes' side.
Charlie: Mark Hughes is gone, surely. You can't throw the game at Chelsea to get something from Newcastle and then get nothing from Newcastle either.
Phil: Could be the sack for Mark Hughes in the morning.
Stoke have looked out of sorts this afternoon despite making six changes.
Mark Hughes could be under big, big pressure. He's looking very wet, animated and angry on the touchline at the moment.
This would be a damaging defeat.
Newcastle get the goal they deserve.
Ayoze Perez with a neat finish from Jacob Murphy's excellent delivery from the right-hand side.
They've been the better side this afternoon and the ball is FINALLY in the back of the net.
An attacking change for Stoke as Saido Berahino comes on for defender Erik Pieters.
A decent outing for Pieters on his return from injury, but he hasn't had much to deal with.
Dwight Gayle goes down in the box and Newcastle are furious with Chris Kavanagh.
Gayle makes the run and tries to get on the end of Jacob Murphy's pass. He's onside but he clashes with Kurt Zouma and slides across the turf.
A pause while the men in blue continue to ask the question of the referee but his mind is made up.
The Magpies have not been awarded a penalty in the Premier League so far this season.
That's cynical from Kevin Wimmer and right under the nose of referee Chris Kavanagh. He takes out Ayoze Perez and Jonjo Shelvey stands over the free-kick.
CLOSE! That wasn't too far away at all.
Plenty of power but the placement is just off as the ball fails to bend inside the right-hand post.
Best chance of the second half.
Newcastle's gamble up front hasn't paid off and on comes Dwight Gayle for Christian Atsu.
Atsu looked lively for the visitors in the first half but he failed to find the net on three occasions and that's the end of his afternoon.
Choupo-Moting is in trouble. Yedlin just gets his foot to the ball first and he's cleaned out by the Stoke forward.
Risky, reckless, but just a yellow card. The correct decision and Yedlin is fine.
Mark Hughes has seen enough. Xherdan Shaqiri is off after just 58 minutes and on comes Mame Biram Diouf.
Shaqiri was given a rest and missed the 5-0 defeat by Chelsea, but he was hard to find on the pitch this afternoon.
Not a notable performance.
That's the best we've seen from Stoke.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting with some lovely footwork before he curls in an effort from the edge of the box, but Karl Darlow comes to the rescue once again with a strong punch away.
Karl Darlow comes to the rescue. The Newcastle keeper with a slightly uneasy punch at full-stretch just as Joe Allen bends his head towards the ball.
Stoke recycle, Charlie Adam with a nice run and a well-weighted cross into the box but Peter Crouch can't connect, even with those long legs of his.
A quiet start to the second half. Christian Atsu can't latch onto a long through-ball and Jack Butland sees it roll behind.
No quick goals here.
We're under way in the second half.
No goals so far in any of the other 3pm kick-offs. Will we be the first?
A testing end to the half for referee Chris Kavanagh. Stoke appealing all over the place.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was accelerating towards the area and tried to feed Erik Pieters, who went down on the edge of the box claiming he was clattered from behind.
Stoke stopped to wave their hands, meanwhile Joe Allen took a tumble of his own inside the penalty area.
Nothing in either of them, in my opinion.
That's the end of the first half here in Stoke.
Newcastle really should be in the lead.
Well, he hasn't scored since 10 December 2016, but Charlie Adam decides to try his luck from the half-way line.
A huge lob lands on the roof of the net, and I think Karl Darlow had that one covered anyway.
Kurt Zouma makes his way into the midfield and clumsily dances his way around a couple of Newcastle tackles.
He finds Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who also shows nice footwork before crashing into Jonjo Shelvey.
Stoke with the corner, delivered by Xherdan Shaqiri, Peter Crouch lashes his left foot wildly and can't connect with the ball. He ends up in a heap on the ground and Stoke's attack comes to an end.
It's Newcastle doing the pressing now and Stoke are pinned back in their own half. We've got just under 10 minutes until the break and the visitors look the side more likely to break the deadlock. They've been the better side this half.
Matt Ritchie gets his head to a Jonjo Shelvey cross but it's straight at Jack Butland.
Ciaran Clark is a busy boy. But this time he's called in to save his team at the other end.
Charlie Adam sends in a sweet delivery and with Peter Crouch lurking in front of goal Clark intervenes to send the ball over the bar with a diving header.
Decent work this time.
How on earth did he miss that?
From a corner the ball finds its way to Ciaran Clark at the back post after Ayoze Perez's flick-on, but the defender misses an absolute sitter!
He fires the ball over the bar and into the stands from two yards. That is criminal.
Charlie Adam wins a free-kick and Javier Manquillo is the first man in the referee's book for a late foul on the midfielder.
Adam steps up and his curled effort is heading for the top right-hand corner but Karl Darlow palms it away at full-stretch.
A clever ball from Charlie Adam. His disguised pass almost finds Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in the box but it's cut out by Mohamed Diame and Stoke do nothing with the corner.
Mark Hughes' side are passing the ball nicely but they're yet to have a shot on target.
Peter Crouch gets his head to the ball at the back post but he's offside. The big man has his hands on his head. He shouldn't be offside in that situation. What a waste of a good cross.
But Stoke stay on the attack. Thomas Edwards fires a ball across the face of goal but with Joe Allen storming in and ready to pounce, it's hacked clear by a blue shirt.
An entertaining start in Stoke.
And that's a third miss from Christian Atsu.
DeAndre Yedlin's cut-back finds Atsu in the centre of the box but he fires the chance straight at Jack Butland, who blocks with his feet.
Stoke struggle to deal with the corner but the ball is eventually cleared by Peter Crouch. Atsu has another attempt at goal but that's an easy catch for Butland.
The Magpies should be ahead.
Christian Atsu makes a mess of another chance. Ciaran Clark's lofted pass is headed back out to Atsu on the edge of the area but his shot is miles wide of the left-hand post.
Two decent opportunities for Newcastle but neither are taken by the Ghanaian forward.
David: We are playing Perez, one of the lightest and smallest footballers ever to appear for Newcastle, as a lone striker up against the likes of Zouma? Could be a long day for Magpies fans.
Beansy: I’m worried about this Newcastle team. What’s Rafa thinking?
First real chance goes to Newcastle.
Ayoze Perez with a nice run down the middle and his through ball finds Christian Atsu.
Atsu's shot across the face of goal takes a deflection and goes behind for a corner, which Stoke defend well.
Positive play from the visitors though, they look dangerous on the break.
Stoke have started brightly. Peter Crouch comes to meet the ball in the midfield and his pass finds Joe Allen, who has a little run down the right.
Allen's ball is intercepted but the home side have Newcastle pinned in their own half at the moment.
Is this a sign of things to come?
Risky challenge already from Charlie Adam and we've not even made it to a minute.
Referee Chris Kavanagh isn't interested though.
Peter Crouch backs into Ciaran Clark and we've already got a stoppage. Nothing sinister in that and play eventually continues.
And we're off.
Former England defender on Final Score
A win today can take Stoke 13th, which is okay, that's where they should be. If they lose, Newcastle will go above them and it puts Mark Hughes in a very difficult position. They do seem able to get a victory when they've needed to and that's how it's been for them so far this season.
Right, we're just about ready for kick-off on a chilly day in Stoke.
90 minutes of enthralling football coming your way.
Don't go anywhere.
Newcastle are up against the side with the worst defensive record in the Premier League this season.
But the Magpies have failed to score in four of their past five matches, the exception being the 3-2 win at West Ham on 23 December.
With Dwight Gayle and Joselu left on the bench, Rafael Benitez's side could once again be struggling for goals.
But let's get back to the crucial clash.
Both of today's sides has struggled in recent weeks. The Potters have conceded a league-high 46 goals and only kept two clean sheets this season.
They lie 15th in the table, two points above the relegation zone and just one above visiting side Newcastle.
Mark Hughes has Erik Pieters back from injury and with Kurt Zouma also available for selection, he has some welcome stability at the back.
But Darren Fletcher, who has played in every league game for Stoke this season, is left out completely.
Will Hughes' gamble with the team selection pay off?
This is just the warm-up really on a big day for the city of Stoke.
At the bet365 Stadium, Mark Hughes' side are looking to secure back-to-back home league wins for the first time since March.
This evening, Phil 'The Power' Taylor, who also hails from Stoke, goes for a 17th World Championship title in the darts.
I'll be bringing you live text commentary on that one too.
What a busy day.