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Mar 2, 2016 at 7.45pm UK at bet365 Stadium
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Team News: Jonjo Shelvey handed Newcastle United captaincy against Stoke City

January signing Jonjo Shelvey is named as Newcastle United captain for their Premier League clash with Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has handed the captaincy to Jonjo Shelvey for this evening's Premier League clash with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Shelvey only joined the club from Swansea City in January, but with usual skipper Fabricio Coloccini currently sidelined, the England international has taken on the armband this evening.

The Magpies have made four changes to the side that was beaten by Chelsea in their last competitive match, which came 18 days ago.

Yoann Gouffran, Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles and Jack Colback all return to the starting XI, with Rolando Aarons, Cheick Tiote and Andros Townsend joining Coloccini in missing out.

Stoke, meanwhile, name an unchanged side to the team that beat Aston Villa at the weekend, with Glenn Whelan available despite breaking his nose during Saturday's match.

Phil Bardsley has also overcome a knock to feature, while Jonathan Walters is once again preferred to Mame Biram Diouf, Peter Crouch and Bojan Krkic to lead the line.

Marko Arnautovic, who scored a brace at the weekend to make it six goals in his last eight league appearances at the Britannia Stadium, forms a trio alongside Xherdan Shaqiri and Ibrahim Afellay just behind the striker.

Stoke City: Butland; Bardsley, Cameron, Wollscheid, Pieters; Whelan, Imbula, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic; Walters
Subs: Haugaard, Muniesa, Ireland, Joselu, Diouf, Crouch, Bojan

Newcastle United: Elliot; Janmaat, Taylor, Lascelles, Dummett; Shelvey, Colback, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Gouffran; Mitrovic
Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Saivet, Aarons, Perez, Riviere, Doumbia

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
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· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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