Paul Ince predicts Newcastle United vs Stoke City

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is seen during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on August 26, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Paul Ince predicts the outcome of Newcastle United vs Stoke City.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is seen during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on August 26, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Former Manchester United player turned football pundit, Paul Ince predicts a 2-1 victory for Newcastle United against Stoke City in the Premier League.

The Magpies will play host to Mark Hughes’ Stoke City on Saturday, and are brimming with confidence at the moment.

The confidence in the team is high as the home side are heading into this match on the back of two successive league wins against West Ham United and Swansea City.

Mark Hughes, Manager of Stoke City reacts  during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester United at Bet365 Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

They will be further charged up with Rafael Benitez now returning from illness.

Newcastle have had a poor transfer window, but Benitez cannot do anything now about it. He should be looking to get the best out of the players he has at his disposal.

Stoke City have made a decent start to their 2017/18 campaign as well. They have earned positive results against Arsenal, West Brom and Manchester United, and should provide a tough competition to the Magpies.

Ince says that Stoke City are “getting back into the groove” a bit, and as such they won’t get battered at the hands of Newcastle.

Mikel Merino of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

He adds that St James’ Park will be a “tough” place to visit, and the atmosphere will be electrifying.

"Stoke come into this game off the back of what probably felt like a win against Man United," said Ince to the Express.

"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."

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