Rested Stoke can punish struggling Newcastle
Mark Hughes set for crucial win
Potters boss Mark Hughes rested several players for the trip to Stamford Bridge to give his team a better chance of winning on New Year's Day.
Newcastle had their best team out at the weekend but picked up only one point from a dismal 0-0 draw at home to Brighton.
Those dropped points could prove costly because Newcastle may struggle to avoid defeat in the Potteries.
1pt 13-10 general
Kurt Zouma returns after being ineligible to face Chelsea. Ryan Shawcross (calf), Glen Johnson (knee) and Bruno Martins Indi (groin) are unavailable.
Rob Elliot (thigh), Jesus Gamez (ankle), Florian Lejeune (foot) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (back) missed out on Saturday and are doubts.
Newcastle have lost nine of their last 12 fixtures.
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