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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