Wolves are having a good run in the Premier League at the moment as they head into this tie with a Newcastle side that seem to be experiencing the opposite in form.
Last years League Championship winners are having a fantastic first season back in the Premier League. If they had the option to finish the season now, I think they might just take it. Sitting in 7th place is an envious position for most of the teams beneath them who have been in the Premier League since its inception. Nuno is proving to be one of the top managers in the game and his management of this Wolves side has been nothing but exceptional and is now challenging to get Wolves into the Europa League next season.
There’s plenty of reasons for Wolves fans to be positive about their club too, as recently Wolves bosses have reiterated their desire and plans to expand the Molineux stadium capacity to upwards of 50,000. A sign of continued ambition for the club and the reassurance of the owners commitment to investing in the club, especially considering around £100 million has already been invested in their impressive squad. The demand for season tickets has been overwhelming for the club since arriving back in the Premier League with a reported season ticket waiting list of circa 2,500.
Team news for Wolves sees both Diogo Jata and Ruben Vinagre return to fitness. Club top scorer Raúl Jiménez will be looking to add to his tally of 9 goals and 5 assists which among others puts him joint in the top scorers league with Firmino, and slightly ahead on assists with 6 (to Firmino’s 5).
Wolves Home Premier League Form
|29.01.2019||WIN||Wolves v West Ham||3 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)|
|19.01.2019||WIN||Wolves v Leicester City||4 – 3 (HT 2 – 0)|
|02.01.2019||LOSS||Wolves v Crystal Palace||0 – 2 (HT 0 – 0)|
|21.12.2018||LOSS||Wolves v Liverpool||0 – 2 (HT 0 – 1)|
|15.12.2018||WIN||Wolves v Bournemouth||2 – 0 (HT 1 – 0)|
Newcastle now find themselves battling to stay out of the relegation zone, and having not won an away fixture since the middle of December, they are going to need to put in a good performance here to take any points away from this.
New signing Miguel Almiron looks likely to get his first taste of Premier League action against Wolves today, and a game which presents a great opportunity to show the fans what he’s capable of. The 25 year old Paraguayan joins the Magpies on a five and a half year deal from Atlanta United where he made 62 appearances, scoring 21 times.
Newcastle may be struggling of late, but they do have a great asset in manager Rafael Benitez. One of the great managers of the game, his tactics and footballing brain are always an asset to any team he manages, it’s just often a case of how much club owners are willing to invest that often let’s him down. A tough fixture lays ahead for the Magpies, so they’ll need Salomon Rondon to be at his best along with ensuring the defence can find a way to stop haemorrhaging goals. Rondon currently has 6 goals, adding to Newcastle’s overall goal total this season of 21, an alarming figure considering that Alan Shearer scored 25 goals by himself for Newcastle in the 1996/97 Premier League season.
Newcastle Away Premier League Form
|02.02.2019||LOSS||Tottenham v Newcastle||1 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)|
|12.01.2019||LOSS||Chelsea v Newcastle||2 – 1 (HT 1 – 1)|
|29.12.2018||DRAW||Watford v Newcastle||1 – 1 (HT 0 – 1)|
|26.12.2018||LOSS||Liverpool v Newcastle||4 – 0 (HT 1 – 0)|
|15.12.2018||WIN||Huddersfield Town v Newcastle||0 – 1 (HT 0 – 0)|
Head to Head Statistics
|09.12.2018||Premier League||Newcastle v Wolves||1 – 2 (HT 1 – 1)|
|11.02.2017||Championship||Wolves v Newcastle||0 – 1 (HT 0 – 1)|
|20.09.2016||League Cup||Newcastle v Wolves||2 – 0 (HT 2 – 0)|
|17.09.2016||Championship||Newcastle v Wolves||0 – 2 (HT 0 – 1)|
|25.02.2012||Premier League||Newcastle v Wolves||2 – 2 (HT 2 – 0)|
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 00:00 GMT 11/02/2019
Our Verdict and Best Bets
Wolves are strong when playing at home and it’s likely they’ll get a result here against Newcastle which will give them their first league double over the Magpies since the 1991/92 season. Benitez knows how to organise a team well, but it’s a case at the moment as to whether or not his players are good enough to face the tests in front of them.
Wolves to win and both teams to score @ 4.50 (7/2) with Betfair.
Total Goals Over/Under, Under 2.5 @ 1.70 (7/10) with William Hill.