Paul Ince backs Newcastle United to avoid relegation

Newcastle United, Norwich City, Sunderland and Aston Villa are in the relegation mix.

Former Blackburn Rovers manager Paul Ince has backed Newcastle United to stay up this season despite currently sitting in the bottom three, the BBC report.

Newcastle failed to take advantage of Norwich City’s defeat to Chelsea and Sunderland’s home draw with an out of form Crystal Palace on Tuesday night by succumbing to a 1-0 defeat at Stoke City.

Steve McClaren’s side’s defeat at the Britannia Stadium was their fourth league loss in their last five matches, leaving the Tyneside club in 19th position in the Premier League.

Ince, however, still sees plenty of quality at St. James’ Park and believes the Toon army’s record in front of their own fans will help them beat the drop come the end of the season.

“I think Newcastle’s home form will keep them up. They are strong at home and I think they will definitely stay up,” the former Inter Milan midfielder explained.

Of the teams in the bottom half, only West Bromwich Albion and Watford have picked up more home points than Newcastle this season with 17 of the Magpies’ 24 points coming at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle have six more games yet to play at home, with four of those coming against bottom-half opponents Sunderland, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Swansea City.

With trips to Aston Villa and Norwich also coming up, Newcastle’s fate is certainly in their own hands and it is quite reasonable to suggest they appear the most likely to get themselves out of trouble.

That said, they will need to improve in front of goal as only strugglers Villa have scored fewer in the Premier League so far this season.

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