Mark Hughes is looking for his first win at Newcastle as Stoke boss.
His first visit with the Potter saw a 5-1 hammering on Boxing Day 2013, followed by a 1-1 draw and then a goalless one in the season when Newcastle last were relegated.
Mark Hughes says ‘it is never easy going to Newcastle, always difficult in front of their own fans’.
Going for a hat-trick of Premier League wins (would be first since 2014) is all the motivation Newcastle will need according to Hughes.
Rafa Benitez’ side currently stand a point ahead of Stoke City after the victories over West Ham and Stoke.
Whilst many Stoke fans are predicting a comfortable win, Mark Hughes says that they will need to show their form to have an opportunity and then Newcastle will know it is a ‘difficult game’.
The Stoke boss believes that Newcastle fans really get behind their team when they ‘show desire and good football’, let’s hope we see plenty of both on Saturday afternoon.
Mark Hughes speaking to the official Stoke City site:
“It is never easy going to Newcastle, always difficult in front of their own fans.
“But the way we are playing and confidence we have got from playing well – I think we go there in good shape.
“Newcastle are not going to be easy, they have just got two good results (West Ham and Swansea) and they will be encouraged by that.
“They had a couple of results and performances (Spurs and Huddersfield) that they were probably disappointed with – but obviously wins change everybody’s view and perception.
“So they are looking for three wins on the belt and that is what they will use for motivation, so we will have to be ready for that.
“They (Newcastle fans) come in big numbers and you know they get behind their team if their team show desire and good football, which they always appreciate up there.
“We will have to play well but if we give ourselves the opportunity, with our form, then they will know it is a difficult game.”