Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Sunday, October 27, 2019


St. James Park

Punter's Pick

A draw at 21/10 with Bet365 looks like a good option, with the home side struggling for goals and the away side likely to be fatigued after their midweek exertions. Raul Jimenez is 15/8 to score anytime with Bet365 and looks a good punt given his current excellent form and ability to win and score penalties in recent weeks.

Struggling Newcastle United welcome fast improving Wolves to St. James Park on Sunday, knowing that if they do not pick up a result they could end the weekend in the relegation zone.

Wolves getting back to form of last season?

After an indifferent start to the new campaign, including no wins from their opening six Premier League games, it would have been easy to put Wolves’ poor form down to their exertions in the Europa League, a campaign which began back in July. However any talk of a possible crisis and a relegation battle has been quashed in recent weeks, with two wins in their last four games eight points picked up in that period.

Wolves’ recent upturn in fortune has also included back-to -back Europa League wins, and a spectacular 2-0 win at Manchester City, consigning the reigning Premier League champions to a rare home defeat. If they can maintain their upward trend, they will be quietly confident of launching another assault on the Europa League places to supplement their potential qualification for the knockout stages of the competition.

Newcastle struggle to get going

By contrast, Wolves’ opponents on Sunday have yet to get any sustained momentum going this season, and currently languish in seventeenth position, with only goal difference keeping them out of the relegation places at present. Most Newcastle fans would have been expecting a battle against relegation this season, but the manner in which the side is playing will not have filled them with much confidence, with five defeats in their opening nine games indicating a possible lack of quality or fight, or possibly both.

More alarmingly the side has only managed to score five league goals so far this season, a league low matched by only bottom side Watford. Club record signing Joelinton has failed to impress since his £40m summer move, and other big money signings such as Miguel Almiron have also failed to exert much influence so far this season either.

Team News

Newcastle will be without forward Andy Carroll, the perennially injured striker picked a groin injury after coming on as a substitute against Chelsea last weekend.Defender Fabian Schar has been ruled out with a knee problem and midfielder Isaac Hayden also misses out through suspension.

Wolves defender Ryan Bennett is struggling with a groin injury that kept him out of Thursday’s Europa League win and will face a late fitness test.Midfielder Ruben Neves could feature after a recent calf injury, but Pedro Neto is definitely out with a hamstring injury.

Hosts to be glad with a point?

With a toothless attack, it is difficult to see how the home side will create enough chances to trouble a well drilled Wolves defence. Their opponents however carry plenty of threat in attack, with Raul Jiminez in particular proving to be a real handful in recent weeks as he rediscovers his best form. Fatigue may be the only factor that stops from Wolves completing a routine victory, with the side having played on Thursday, whilst Newcastle have had a clear week to prepare. The home side may just be able to do enough to claim a share of the spoils as they look to try and finish the weekend outside the relegation zone.

Punter's Pick

A draw at 21/10 with Bet365 looks like a good option, with the home side struggling for goals and the away side likely to be fatigued after their midweek exertions. Raul Jimenez is 15/8 to score anytime with Bet365 and looks a good punt given his current excellent form and ability to win and score penalties in recent weeks.

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