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

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Monday, February 11, 2019


Molineux Stadium

Punter's Pick

Bet365 are offering 6/5 for over 10 corners, which we feel is very generous considering the attacking nature of both teams and their strength on the flanks. An 8/15 for over 2.5 goals is also appealing as Ajax have scored 19 goals in their last six games, but have also shipped 11 in their last five.

Wolves will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions when they welcome Newcastle to Molineux on Monday. Newcastle will be desperate to take all three points and ease their relegation fears, with just two points separating them from 18th placed Cardiff.

Wolves have been impressive this season and have won four out of their last five games in all competitions, with a 2-2 draw away at Shrewsbury the only blip in that time. They managed to overcome them and progress to the 5th round of the cup after a hard fought 3-2 win during extra time. Recent home wins against Leicester and West Ham as well as a great 3-1 away win at Everton has shown how Wolves can get the goals required to win games, scoring three or more on each of those occasions. A win here will maintain at least a four point gap over Watford in their claim to be ‘the best of the rest’ outside the big guns of the top six.

Newcastle have put in some brave displays this season without always getting their just desserts. A recent 3-0 win against fellow strugglers Cardiff and an amazing turnaround victory over champions Man City showed what Rafa Benitez’s team is capable of. However a lack of investment and uncertainty surrounding the future of the club led Matt Ritchie in to admitting that the mood had affected the players. But they continued to grind and were unfortunate not to get something out of their 1-0 loss at Spurs, when a late goalkeeping error led to Heung-Min Son to score in the 83rd minute.

Wolves will be sweating on the fitness of Portuguese playmaker Ruben Neves, who was taken off early in the second half after their victory at Everton. The 21 year old has become increasingly influential this season, scoring important goals and creating assists for his teammates. They don’t however have other suspensions to worry about and will be looking to Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota to continue their fine scoring form in securing another victory.

Newcastle have at times been ravaged with injuries. The physical presence of Momo Diame is still missing and the fitness of playmaker Jonjo Shelvey will also be assessed. Paul Dummett remains out since the start of the season and dynamic South Korean Ki Sung-yeung also remains sidelined.

Rafa Benitez be boosted by the news that club record signing Miguel Almiron has secured his £20m transfer to Tyneside to partner up with the impressive Salomon Rondon. This could be the firepower required to enable Benitez to convert the various counter-attacking chances they create but are unable to finish. Whether their new signing starts or is named on the bench remains to be seen.

Recent head to head meetings between these teams has seen honours fairly even. Wolves won the reverse fixture at the start of the season 2-1, with Diogo Jota and a late Matt Doherty goal securing the points. It was a good performance from Newcastle but the sending off of DeAndre Yedlin hampered their cause. Prior to that game, but teams met in the Championship and secured one victory each in their respective league games.

Despite Newcastle’s ability to defend well, we feel that Wolves will break through a stubborn defence. The Magpies also desperately need to get points on the board and cannot simply afford to sit back for large periods of the game. This makes the over 2.5 goals offered by Bet365 very attractive at 6/5. This game has historically also been riddled with cards and the 4/7 offered on over 2.5 cards also looks good, especially as the last game saw seven yellow cards and a red.

Punter's Pick

Bet365 are offering 6/5 for over 10 corners, which we feel is very generous considering the attacking nature of both teams and their strength on the flanks. An 8/15 for over 2.5 goals is also appealing as Ajax have scored 19 goals in their last six games, but have also shipped 11 in their last five.

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