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.



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