Molineux - Premier League
Wolves go into this weekend's game in top form as they host a somewhat resurgent Newcastle side in the Premier League. The Magpies will consider themselves unlucky to have conceded a late goal to Tottenham last weekend, but are looking the best they have this season.
A 93rd minute goal from Matt Doherty earned Wolves the win when they travelled to St James' Park in December. An early goal from Diogo Jota put the away side ahead, before a quick response from Ayoze Perez gave Newcastle hopes of a point.
In-form man Diogo Jota picked up a knock in Wolves' last game and will be assessed over the coming days. Otherwise Nuno Santo has few injury concerns and is unlikely to tempt fate by changing his squad.
Rafa Benitez may field a similar side that that which nearly shut out Tottenham last weekend, although will have Yoshinori Muto and Miguel Almiron available.
Wolves v Newcastle Preview and Predictions
A run of three consecutive league wins has seen Wolves emerge as the surprise package of the season, consolidating seventh place in the table. Wins over the majority of the top six has seen Nuno Santo's side earn many plaudits, although against Newcastle they face a very different type of opponent.
After a tough six months, there are signs that Rafa Benitez has got his side back to their organised best. A shock win over Manchester City earlier has brought confidence back to the side, whilst a strong performance at Tottenham has shown this to be no mere flash in the pan.
This weekend, the Magpies manager will ensure that his team are set-up to prevent Wolves from creating anything, and will hope that Salomon Rondon's goal and assist in recent weeks have invigorated the forward. However, far from being giant killers alone, Wolves have shown that they are more than capable of unlocking stubborn defences, with a midfield of Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Leandro Dedonker amongst the most creative in the league.
Despite reportedly looking to bring in a striker in January, Raul Jiminez has nearly hit double figures, helping his side to score three goals in their last three games. With Adama Troare offering options off the bench, Wanderers are 5/1 to do so again and may have a better time scoring past Martin Dubravka than City and Spurs did.
Newcastle sit clear of the relegation zone by just two points, whilst Wolves are four points clear of Watford in eighth, but nowhere near Arsenal in six. In theory, the away side should be the more motivated of the two teams, yet, with the momentum with Wolves, anything other than a home win would come as a surprise.
Raul Jiminez to score anytime at 8/5
The Mexican forward is in good form and will benefit from his team dominating possession.
Wolves to win to nil at 6/4
Newcastle have struggled to balance their offensive and defensive responsibilities, and may well be under-ambitious on Saturday.