St James’ Park - Premier League
Newcastle United host Wolves at St James’ in Sunday afternoon’s televised game, with Rafa Benitez’s side looking to build on an impressive point at Everton in midweek. It won’t be easy against a Wanderers outfit who look tailor-made for an away game like this.
Both teams won away from home the last time they were in the same division, which was the 2017/17 Championship season. Newcastle have only lost one of their last nine games against Wolves, winning four of those.
Matt Ritchie is suspended for the home team after picking up his fifth booking of the season in midweek. Florian Lejeune and Isaac Hayden are both out injured, while Kenedy, Paul Dummett, Karl Darlow and Jamie Sterry are all doubts.
Nuno Santo has managed to name a settled side all season, but he’s without influential midfielder Ruben Neves for this game due to suspension. Apart from that, Spanish full-back Jonny is the only other absentee for the visiting team.
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Newcastle come into this weekend’s fixture on a decent run, while visitors Wolves put an end to their own slump with a hugely impressive victory over Chelsea in midweek. The home fans will demand their team attack on Sunday, but that should play into the away side’s hands.
The Magpies got a valuable point at Goodison Park on Wednesday, to recover from a poor display in losing 3-0 at home to West Ham last weekend. The defeat against the Hammers is the only time Benitez’s side have lost in their last six matches, a run that includes three successive wins.
The hosts are the slight underdogs in the betting, priced at 2/1. Wolves are 17/10, after their superb 2-1 victory against Chelsea in midweek, where they came from behind to take all three points. That ended a run of six games without a win, where the Wanderers lost five times to lose their early momentum.
Wolves are nicely set up to invite Newcastle onto them, before hitting their hosts on the break with their incisive passing. It remains to be seen how much they miss Neves, but if the Portuguese playmaker’s absence proves costly, the draw could be worth a look at 11/5.
0-0 draw at 7/1
Newcastle are struggling for goals with only 12 scored in 15 games, while Wolves have only managed 15 themselves but are without one of their main supply lines here.
Under 2.5 goals at 8/13
Even if either side can find a breakthrough, this game is likely to be a low-scoring affair, so this bet should be a winner even if the odds aren’t huge.