Paul Ince verdict ahead of Newcastle facing Stoke
Paul Ince has been looking ahead to Newcastle’s game with Stoke today.
After beating Arsenal at home and drawing at West Brom, Stoke added a very creditable draw against league leaders Manchester United last weekend.
Paul Ince thinks that this ‘probably felt like a win’, with Mark Hughes’ side coming back from 2-1 down to grab a point.
He believes the results show Stoke City are ‘getting back into the groove a bit’.
However, Ince thinks that whilst Stoke will be good enough to not ‘get battered’, they will face a ‘rocking’ St James Park.
The Newcastle fans have seen two very good performances and results to confound the critics, with Paul Ince predicting a 2-1 home win.
This would be the first time in three years that Newcastle would have won three Premier League matches in a row if they can add another win today.
Today’s match and the one at Brighton next weekend will mean six games gone and Newcastle supporters having a great guide as to how the season is looking to turn out.
Three points today and Newcastle will be in a great position five matches in, potentially even in the top four if other results go their way.
Rafa Benitez has often talked about how important momentum is to a team and there should be no shortage of that and the resulting confidence today.
It looks a tough game but no reason why Newcastle can’t add another win to their early tally.
Paul Ince speaking to the Express:
“Stoke come into this game off the back of what probably felt like a win against Man United.
“They seem to be getting back into the groove a bit.
“So I don’t think they’ll get battered but…St James Park will be tough and the atmosphere will be rocking.
“So I’m going with the home side.
“Prediction – Newcastle 2 Stoke 1”
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