Newcastle United boss John Carver says Stoke City 'aren't as physical as they used to be'.
The Potters earned a reputation as being a physical team under former boss Tony Pulis but Carver believes the club's style of play has changed under now manager, Mark Hughes.
Newcastle welcome Stoke to St James' Park in the Premier League this afternoon.
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has bemoaned the red card given to Steven N'Zonzi during the club's 1-0 defeat to Sunderland last night.
Hughes said: "I feel it was a poor decision from the referee".
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says his side face a tough test when they travel to Stoke in the Premier League tonight.
Speaking ahead of the match, he said: "They're very, very difficult to beat always.
"Tony sets his team up. They're a strong, physical unit. Set-plays they excel at. They're very good defensively, and that's hard for any team to go and break them down. That's something that we need to try and achieve.
"The one [fixture] there last year was one of our big results of the season and obviously we're going to have to try and emulate that."