Newcastle’s hopes rest with Krul to replace injured Harper

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Tim Krul will have the pressure of helping Newcastle continue their promising start to the season as regular goalkeeper Steve Harper has been ruled out for three months with a shoulder injury.

Harper injured ligaments in his left shoulder in their 1-0 victory over Everton in their last Premier League game and has undergone surgery to correct the problem.

Krul stepped off the bench at Goodison Park on his Premier League debut to keep a clean sheet and Newcastle will be hoping that he keeps many more in the coming months to ensure they are not involved in a relegation scrap.

Newcastle have seven points from their opening five games, but remain 5/1 to be relegated this season.

The 22-year-old Dutchman will make his first Premier League start at home to Stoke, with Newcastle looking to return to winning ways at St James’ Park after suffering a surprise 2-0 defeat to Blackpool on their last outing.

Newcastle are 10/11 to beat Stoke in the Premier League betting odds, with Chris Hughton’s men 5/4 to not concede.

The pair have met twice at St James’ Park in recent years with Newcastle failing to shut out Stoke on either occasion, with the latest being a 2-2 draw in the Premier League in 2008.

However, Krul is no stranger to being thrown in at the deep end having previously kept goal in Newcastle’s UEFA Cup clash with Palermo.

This game represented his Newcastle debut and he did not disappoint by showing some impressive shot-stopping capabilities in keeping a clean sheet.

With Harper out for 12 weeks, Krul can look forward to a host of big games including away trips to Manchester City and Arsenal, alongside playing at St James’ Park in the north east derby against Sunderland.

Stoke are 3/1 to win at Newcastle. See the full Newcastle vs Stoke match betting market.

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