Saturday 11 March 2023

Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers

A few years ago, Wolverhampton Wanderers were seen as one of the up and coming forces of English football. Backed with finance from China and with an increasingly star-studded squad, they looked set to become one of the leading ‘other’ forces in the English game. Stalls since the COVID era, though, have seen Wolves become a team more accustomed to fighting for the top half of the league as opposed to European spots. Newcastle, now backed by money from the Middle East, have taken their spot.

Can Wolves bite back here, though, and make up some ground on the top half of the table after all?

Newcastle United News

Newcastle come into this game with a few players missing. Fabian Schar is almost certain to miss out, while Joelinton will also not be available to play after being suspended. Other players who are unlikely to be involved include Ryan Fraser, who has essentially been banished from the first team picture.

Wolverhampton Wanderers News

Wolves have a longer injury list, with the likes of Hugo Bueno, Diego Costa, Hwang Hee-Chan and Chiquinho all out. Sasa Kalajdzic is still out, too, meaning that Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui is picking from a smaller pool than he would have hoped. Coming into this game, they need to find some form having only won seven games all season – but with so many injuries, it is hard to build confidence.


Both sides have struggled for goals in recent times, and this is not likely to change here. Newcastle are seeing their season slowly dissipate and have not win in their last five league games. They were also well-beaten in the League Cup Final. Wolves won at Tottenham last week, but they are often a poor outfit away from home, winning twice all year away from Molineux. Do not expect that to change here.


Sunday 5 March 2023

Nottingham Forest v Everton


Out of all of this weekends games, this would have been the one where fans pinned ‘relegation battle’ on at the start of the season. Nottingham Forest are newly promoted and have looked as inconsistent as one would expect with a team that made 20+ signings. Everton are a mess, and have been playing with a loaded deck for what feels like five years now. Who wins this basement battle?

Nottingham Forest News

Forest still come into this game with an eye-watering injury list that covers as many as ten players. This includes first-choice defenders in Willy Boly and Scott McKenna. Key forward Taiwo Awoniyi is out, as are other key players like Sergie Aurier and Dean Henderson. For Nottingham Forest, the injuries are not drying up and it is leaving Steve Cooper in a tough spot with regards to selection.

Ryan Yates might return, but no other injury complaints look close to a return.

Everton News

The Toffees are seeing their own injury nightmare clear-up, though they will be without Andros Townsend and Nathan Patterson for the foreseeable. It does look like James Garner and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are close to a return, though a trip to the Midlands will likely come too soon for both.

Expect the Blues to come into this one looking to try and find some consistency in selection. New manager Sean Dyche is winless since his opening game, and needs to see something here to help dispel any worries about his new employers.


This is a game between two sides low on belief and confidence. Forest do have a decent unbeaten home run, but they are not scoring enough goals. Everton do not create enough and have a nasty habit of producing comical defensive displays. It is hard to call a winner, though, with both teams so lacking in both squad depth and scoring form.

SCORE: 0-0