Preview: Newcastle United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Newcastle United are set to go toe-to-toe with Wolverhampton Wanderers, as they have the chance to secure their second win at the Molineux Stadium since their first victory in 2011. 

On October 1, 2011, Newcastle went to Wolverhampton with the hope to cement their position within the Premier League top four.  

United’s striker, Demba Ba, scored the first with a header on the 17th minute at the near post following Yohan Cabaye’s corner while Jonas Gutierrez fizzed it past the Wolverhampton goalkeeper, Wayne Hennessey, before half-time. 

However, Wolves were unable to equalise the scoreline despite Steven Fletcher’s header late on in the second half. 

In the previous three meetings, both home and away, they all ended in a 1-1 draw. 

However, Newcastle has never lost against Wolves at the Molineux Stadium, with the results either ending as a 1-1 draw or a 2-1 win. 

This week could be the turn around for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.

Wolves have been proven to jump out of danger when they’re perilously close to the relegation zone since they jumped into the top-tier of English football in 2018. 

In the last two seasons, Wolves didn’t have good starts, dropping down to 14th in 2018 and 19th in 2019 early on. 

However, the side managed to correct their slide and climb back up the table – without returning to their previous position – in both seasons. 

They have already corrected their drop in this campaign and currently sit sixth in the top-tier of English football.  

Wolverhampton’s 1-0 victories against Leeds and Fulham, will give the Wanderers some momentum going forward into this Premier League clash. 

However, in their recent game, Leeds dominated the majority of the game as they finished with 68% of the ball over the Wolves’ 32%, and only won by a deflection from Kalvin Phillips’s header.

Newcastle has the defensive strength to hold off the Wolves and Steve Bruce could run with similar defensive formations that he has used all season. 

A draw, statistically, looks likely to be the outcome on Saturday evening but with Allen Saint-Maximin’s performances lately, the Toon Army could come away from Molineux with three points.

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