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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  • David S

    Deeply unsettling. I always feel more upbeat when the pundits line up to tell us we are just not good enough and, following a lesson in how to play football, face humiliation and a total hammering.

  • S.G.M.

    If we still have 11 men on the field at 90mins. No problem. 4 games in and already two 3 game suspensions, lets hope this isn’t a trend.

    • Vodkamagpie

      Almost three 3 games suspensions with Ritchie last week. We need to control games, dictate play, take our chances before the opposition takes theirs

  • Steve Pearce

    The two very good performances were against teams that either could not play or used a midfield line up designed to pass the ball sideways. We will finally get a proper game of football and then we can see how good we really are.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Well done Paul,spot on with the prediction.