Wolves v Newcastle predictions: Newcastle positivity set to win | Sports News

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Newcastle new boy Alexander Isak could make his Molineux debut

Serena Taylor

Free football tips, best bets and analysis for Wolves v Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday

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1pt 17-10 general

Team News

wolves
Raul Jimenez could make his first league appearance of the season after scoring twice in the EFL Cup in midweek. Chiquinho is Wolves’ only injury absentee.

Newcastle
New signing Alexander Isak is eligible to play and Dan Burn is set to return after missing out on the EFL Cup win over Tranmere, but Jonjo Shelvey, Callum Wilson and Emil Krafth are out injured.

Match preview

Only Manchester City had fired more shots on target than Newcastle at the weekend, confirming further positivity on Tyneside that may prove too much for Wolves.

Eddie Howe’s Magpies have been on an upward curve since the January transfer window and last Sunday demonstrated the progress they have made by more than holding on in a thrilling 3-3 draw with the champions.

The basic rule was that if you played against City, you got crushed. Howe thought “forget it” and gave it a try, and they were well worth it.

Newcastle entered the weekend in sixth, too early to make any rash generalizations about where the Toon might end up, although their chances of staying in the top six have dipped since the start of the term.

But the key to success will not be the odd points gleaned from the big boys, but how they can cope with stubborn rivals like longtime mid-table opponents Wolves, despite languishing in the bottom three .

The difference in outlook between the teams is stark and, with the Magpies flying, Howe’s hopes get the green light.

There is a negative point against them – the absence of Callum Wilson, who tweaked a hamstring.

Alexander Isak, overvalued at £60million but that doesn’t matter for a club that has lost ground in market price terms, has been brought in to step in and he – if not at Molineux – will add to the quick and direct mix that makes Newcastle such a threat at the moment. It’s probably him or Chris Wood to lead the line.

For wolves, it’s the same old story. Last season ended badly with few goals scored and this season started badly with the same struggles in the final third.

They have now gone ten league games without a win and last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Tottenham summed them up in a nutshell. For 45 minutes they were great, got into good positions and created very little. Then Spurs scored and that was it.

Bruno Lage’s men have not found the net in the league since the sixth minute of the opening weekend, which surely means Raul Jimenez gets his first start of the season, with a possible change of formation at also come.

Lage gave up five at the back in the summer, started this season with a flat four, went to five again at Tottenham on Saturday and four in the week in a 2-1 win over Preston in the League Cup .

If it sounds confusing, that’s because it is confusing, and while their stubbornness is unquestionable, a very clear-minded, attacking-minded Newcastle can put them in their place.

Key stat

Newcastle average 5.7 shots per game – at the start of the weekend only Manchester City averaged more

Internal information

wolves

Penalty taker Raul Jimenez
Ace of assistance Ruben Neves
card magnet Raul Jimenez
Aerial threat on set piece Nathan Collins

Newcastle

Penalty taker Chris Wood
Ace of assistance Joelinton
Aerial threat on set piece Fabien Scher
card magnet Joelinton



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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 3:00 PM, AUGUST 27, 2022

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