Wolves go in search of their third victory in four Premier League fixtures when they welcome a winless Newcastle United to Molineux this weekend. The visitors are in the mire, with manager Steve Bruce in desperate need of a win.
Where and when: Molineux Stadium – 2 October, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Wolves vs. Newcastle: N/A
Last time: Ruben Neves cancelled out Jamaal Lascelles’ opener as the teams drew 1-1 at St James’ Park in February.
Wolves v Newcastle Predictions and Preview
There’s been little to separate Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United over recent years. Indeed, the most recent clash between the clubs earlier this year was a fifth successive 1-1 draw between the teams, with a repeat of that scoreline this weekend well worth considering at 35/4.
Remarkably, Newcastle have also drawn each of their last two matches 1-1, coming from behind to draw with Leeds United before letting a lead slip away to Watford last weekend. The mood is rarely good around the Magpies these days, with almost every result seeming like the end of the world or the dawning of a bright new era – and usually the former.
Bruce has had his work cut out from day one at St James’, while the ongoing injury woes of key man Callum Wilson continue to blight the Toon. Captain Lascelles is also out of this game injured, along with instrumental midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
If Newcastle are missing their spine for this game, Wolves have got their talisman back on song. Raul Jimenez scored his first goal in nearly a year last weekend, netting a superb effort to settle their contest against a decent Southampton team.
Given that was only the Wanderers’ third goal in six Premier League matches so far in 2021-22, it took on even more significance. Wolves’ back line has had to be robust in light of their struggles up front, also keeping a clean sheet in their only other win to date this term, a 2-0 triumph away to Watford.
Bruno Lage will be keen to secure his first home win as Wanderers manager in this Wolves v Newcastle preview, and he is 7/10 to do so. The hosts may be missing the likes of Pedro Neto through injury, but they appear to have turned a corner under their new boss and should get the job done against a disappointing Newcastle outfit.
One to watch for Wolves: Raul Jimenez scored an emotional winner to see off Southampton last weekend. The Mexican netted 17 goals in his last full Premier League season and is the 18/5 favourite to bag first in these Wolves v Newcastle predictions.
One to watch for Newcastle: Allan Saint-Maximin is the joker in the Toon’s somewhat lifeless pack. The exciting attacker has scored twice so far this season, earning his team a pair of draws against Southampton and Leeds, and is available at 12/1 to break the deadlock on Saturday afternoon.
Long shot: This game appears unlikely to be a high-scoring affair. The home team are 34/5 to record their second successive 1-0 victory in these Wolves v Newcastle tips, rising to 35/1 if Jimenez is the goalscoring hero for the second weekend in a row.