Newcastle United must arrest their slide towards the Premier League relegation zone, with Wolves the visitors to St James’ Park this weekend. The Wanderers have returned to form themselves in recent weeks, and are targeting a return to the top half of the table under the Saturday night lights.
Where and when: St James’ Park – 27 February, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Newcastle vs. Wolves: Sky Sports
Last time: Raul Jimenez put Wolves in front with just 10 minutes left of the meeting between these teams at Molineux in October, but Jacob Murphy netted an 89th-minute equaliser for Newcastle. That was a fourth straight 1-1 draw between these clubs.
Newcastle v Wolves Predictions and Preview
The visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers is a massive fixture for Steve Bruce and his Newcastle United team. The stands at St James’ will be empty on Saturday night, but home advantage hasn’t counted for much in this fixture in recent years anyway.
There hasn’t been a home win in any of the last nine league matches between these two sides. With five draws and four away wins, that run goes back to 2011 and includes games in both the Championship and Premier League.
Each of the last four meetings between the teams have finished 1-1, with a repeat of that result this weekend priced at 6/1. With both clubs missing their main men up front – Callum Wilson and Raul Jimenez – another under 2.5 goals outcome looks promising at 13/20.
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Under 2.5 goals
Willian Jose to score first
If you’re more interested in the outright market, the away team are the 21/17 favourites in this Newcastle v Wolves preview. The Wanderers are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games, beating Arsenal, Southampton and Leeds United, and drawing with high-flying Leicester City in the other.
That followed a run of eight games without a win for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, where Wolves lost five times to slide right down the table. Newcastle have also slid down the table following a promising start to the campaign, with the Magpies now only three points clear of the relegation zone in 17th.
The Toon have won two of their last five games against Everton and Southampton, but those six points are the only ones they’ve managed from their last 10 Premier League fixtures. Newcastle have only won two of their last 14 matches, but there are some promising signs for their fans to take heart from.
The Magpies were good in the first half of their game against Manchester United last weekend, despite going on to lose 3-1 at Old Trafford. Bruce is trying to get his team pressing harder and higher, and if the players can get used to that, it could provide the catalyst to a decent run of results.
The home team are 14/5 with William Hill to chalk up a good result with a win this weekend, even if Joelinton has now joined Wilson on the treatment table. It’s debatable how good a point is for Newcastle is at this stage, but they are 40/17 for a fifth straight draw against Wolves.
One to watch for Newcastle: Miguel Almiron put in a good shift against Man United but was often the victim of a lack of support. There’s more pressure on the Paraguay international to perform with Wilson and Joelinton out, and he is 21/2 to respond to that by netting his fifth Premier League goal of the season with the opener.
One to watch for Wolves: Willian Jose has looked threatening since moving to Wolves from Real Sociedad in January. The Brazilian is yet to register his first goal since moving to Molineux, but he is 5/1 to put that right by breaking the deadlock in these Newcastle v Wolves predictions.
Long shot: Given there have been four straight 1-1 draws between these teams, we would be amiss not to consider the same outcome here. To really stretch out the odds, a 1-1 scorecast with Willian Jose bagging the first goal is 38/1.