Monday, April 22, 2024

Predicition: Newcastle vs Wolves

Verdict: Over 2.5 & btts

Best odds: 1.75

Bookmaker: ZetBet

Newcastle are targeting the first home win in 2024 when they welcome Wolves to St’ James’ Park. The Magpies face a difficult task considering the visitor’s latest away displays. More than 50,000 fans hope to witness an exciting football match, considering the quality both teams possess.

Newcastle

Newcastle had a rollercoaster season with ups and downs across all competitions. Eddie Howe’s side struggled to line up the best players in most matches due to a never-ending injury crisis. A disappointing Champions League early exit in the group stage was not what the fans expected.

Furthermore, Newcastle’s black December (6 defeats) dropped the team out of the top 5 in the Premier League, leaving Eddie Howe under enormous pressure following the 12-point gap towards Tottenham.

Nevertheless, the recovery run started in January, with the Magpies losing only two competitive games. Manchester City and Arsenal are the only sides who defeated Newcastle in the Premier League. Eddie Howe’s team lost at St. James’ Park against current champions, Manchester City, following a blockbuster game (2-3 final score).

Arsenal have ended Newcastle’s six games undefeated strike with a 4-1 win at Emirates. The Magpies suffered a fall in North London, conceding four goals in 70 minutes. Despite having the best possible line-up, Newcastle’s players surrendered in front of the Gooner’s attacking prowess.

Although the Magpies had an excellent home record during this period, the latest results prove otherwise. The River Tyne side failed to win any of the last four home games. If losing to Manchester City was somehow expected, dropping points with Nottingham Forrest, Luton, and Bournemouth was shocking.

Following the Wolves match, Howe & Co. will travel to London to face Chelsea and Crystal Palace in five days. March suddenly becomes a decisive month for Newcastle, who can’t afford further slips in the top 5 race.

Team News

Eddie Howe will be without key players to face Wolves. Joelinton’s absence was paramount in the recent games. The Brazilian central midfielder will miss the rest of the season due to his groin surgery.

Matt Target, Nick Pope and Calum Willson are also out. Sandro Tonali is serving a gambling suspension until the end of August. Bruno Guimaraes proved to be instrumental in the latest Newcastle games. However, the Brazilian midfielder could miss the next matches if he gets booked.

Wolves

Wolves started 2024 in full throttle, losing only two competitive games this year. The visitors are in excellent form, winning 19 points in the last 10 Premier League rounds. These results are not surprising considering the successful last summer instalment of Gary O’Neil as manager.

The young and talented English coach took over the reins in the dugout, propelling Wolverhampton to safety. With 38 points from 26 games, the visitors are looking up towards the top 5 than to relegation. This performance came as no surprise following the perfect start of the year.

Wolves are undefeated in 10 of their last 12 competitive games. Brentford and Manchester United are the only sides who surprisingly defeated the Wanderers at Molineux Stadium. However, Gary O’Neil’s squad bounced back quickly, defeating Tottenham in London and Sheffield United at home.

Although Wolves lost the last two games played at St. James’ Park, the script might be different this time. Considering the visitors’ latest away displays (6 games undefeated in all competitions), Netto & Co will attempt to pull another upset here.

Team News

Gary O’Neil will have all his players available to face Newcastle. Key figures returning to the team from national duties in early February greatly benefited the squad.

Wolves could have the same line-up that faced Tottenham. However, Joao Gomes might get a start up-front, following his impressive lay-out against the Spurs when he scored a double. Pedro Neto is in top form, hoping to create chaos again, this time in Newcastle’s box.

Key factors to consider

  • Newcastle lost only three Premier League games this season
  • Eddie Howe’s side is in great form, losing only one of their last seven competitive matches
  • The Magpies failed to win recently at St James’ Park (D2L2)
  • Wolves are playing excellent football, dropping only six points in 2024
  • The visitors defeated Tottenham in the last outing (2-1)
  • Gary O’Neil has all his squad available to face Newcastle 

Conclusion

Newcastle and Wolves are in great form, promising an exciting game with many goals scored. A match result is more difficult to predict this time. However, considering the quality present on the pitch, we are backing at least three goals scored and both sides netting.

Verdict: Over 2.5 & btts

Best odds: 1.75

Bookmaker: ZetBet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stefan Budur


Former owner of Betting Mojo, experienced bettor and former punter at Betadvisor, Stefan has done it all when it comes to soccer betting. With more than 15 years of experience in the gambling industry, he gained a lot of knowledge that he'd like to share with SoccerNews.com readers so you can position yourself better every time you place a bet.

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