Jonny O’Sullivan (@libero_the) previews Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 27/10/19
- Time: 14:00
- Venue: St James’ Park
- Channel: Sky Sports Premier League
Newcastle United will be heading into Sunday’s clash with Wolves sitting in the relegation zone before the weekend’s action. However, the Magpies will be buoyed by the fact that a win will send them level on points with their opponents.
Newcastle have had a difficult start to the season. Having already faced five of last seasons top six and performing well in a couple of these games, in particular, the Manchester United game where they grabbed all three points. Therefore, Newcastle have games which their expectant fan base will view as winnable coming up. This will certainly add the pressure on Steve Bruce to start picking up some valuable victories.
The Magpies have been impressive in their past two games. Picking up three points against Manchester United and showing a lot of resilience against Chelsea until they were finally cracked. This will encourage the Geordies in their upcoming game against a Wolves side who are hot and cold this season.
Newcastle are heading into the match knowing that they have not conceded for almost three home games after Will Hughes slotted in the second minute during Watford’s 0-1 win at Newcastle.
Their home defensive form will need to be relied upon this season as Wolves appear to have finally found form in all competitions, after having avoided defeat in the last seven games, winning four of them.
Amongst these wins came the impressive 0-2 win at Manchester City. If Wolves perform in the same manner against Newcastle as they did against the champions then there should only be one result.
Nuno Espirito Santo will need to manage his squad this weekend, however, after a tough away trip to Slovakia in the Europa League. His side managed an impressive 1-2 win but it will be interesting to see just how much energy that performance and travelling will have taken out of the legs of his players.
Wolves no doubt are the better team on paper. Players such as Moutinho and Neves can keep the ball for the whole 90 minutes. However, the Longstaff brothers are proving quite a force in the middle of the park for Newcastle and will certainly be competitive and not allow the Portuguese duo for Wolves to feel like they are on a sunny beach in their homeland.
Adama has proved against formidable opponents this season that he is borderline unplayable. Question marks remain about his final ball, but his physical attributes and dribbling ability cannot be doubted for a second – just ask Lucas Digne. The La Masia product will be facing perhaps the only full back in the league who can match him physically this weekend and that battle may prove decisive to the final outcome of the match.
It cannot be banked on that Wolves will be weak however as they were very poor against Everton but also beat Manchester City after playing in Europe. However, Wolves have drawn three games this season off the back of a European night so it would not be unlikely that this will be final outcome again this weekend.
Last season the same fixture was a tight and edgy game and would have been a 1-1 draw if it were not for Jota’s last gasp winner. It would be expected that there will be a similar game this weekend as Newcastle will have reasonable confidence levels and Wolves are on the back of a tricky European away day.
Having rested Neves and Jota making appearances off the bench in recent games, key players should remain fresh for this game and Wolves should be looking to keep up their impressive form.
Steve Bruce has fitness problems himself as last seasons star player, Fabian Schar and summer signing Andy Carroll will be missing out through injury.
Potential Newcastle United Starting XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Willems; Almiron, S.Longstaff, M.Longstaff, Sanit-Maximin; Joelinton
Potential Wolves Starting XI: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Swiss; Adama, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny; Jota, Jimenez
Head To Head
- Newcastle 32
- Draw 24
- Wolves 41
Key Stats & Facts
- Four out the last five Newcastle defeats have been from a one-goal margin.
- Newcastle have only scored two goals this season at home – lowest in the league.
- Newcastle have only conceded two goals this season at home – lowest in the league.
- Wolves are unbeaten in their last four league games (two wins and two draws).
- Wolves have not won back to back away games in the top flight since 1980/81 season.
- This is Wolves’ 20th game of the season in all competitions.
- Newcastle 19/10
- Draw 21/10
- Wolves 6/4
Newcastle are a tough nut to crack at home this season and have shown this against good sides. They do not concede many goals but cannot find the net frequently neither. They face a Wolves side in good form but may be struggling with fatigue after a tricky away trip in the Europa League. A tense game with little quality may be in store for lovers of Sky’s Super Sunday with very few goals going in. Newcastle are yet to have one player who has scored over one goal. A 1-1 looks set to be in the offing.