Preview: Newcastle United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Preview: Newcastle United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Newcastle United will be looking to bounce back from three straight Premier League defeats when they welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to St James’ Park on Friday night.

The Magpies are currently 15th in the table, nine points clear of the relegation zone, while Wolves occupy eighth, two points behind sixth-placed West Ham United.

Newcastle won six of their seven Premier League matches between January 22 and March 10, which moved them clear of the relegation zone and fuelled suggestions that they could push for a top-half finish in the closing stages of the campaign.

However, the Magpies have been brought back down to earth in recent weeks, losing each of their last three in the league against Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.

Eddie Howe’s side conceded five in their defeat to Spurs last weekend, and they have dropped into 15th spot in the table, nine points clear of the relegation zone, which should be enough to keep them clear of the bottom three in the coming weeks despite their recent wobble.

Newcastle actually now have three straight home Premier League matches against Wolves, Leicester City and Crystal Palace before a trip to Norwich City on April 23, while they will end the month with a home fixture against title-challenging Liverpool.

The Magpies have only actually lost four of their 14 home league matches this term, but they will be taking on a Wolves side that boasts the fourth-best away record in England’s top flight this season, picking up an impressive 26 points from 15 games, which is more than the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham.

Wolves are still just about in the argument for a top-four finish this season, currently sitting eighth in the table, just five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, having played a match more than the North London club.

However, Bruno Lage’s side will, more realistically, be eyeing a top-six position, currently sitting just two points behind sixth-placed West Ham on the same number of matches (31) as the Hammers.

Wolves have won three of their last four Premier League matches, including a 2-1 home success over Aston Villa last time out, while they have also beaten Watford and Everton over the last month.

Somewhat disappointingly, the club finished 13th in England’s top flight last term, but they are very much in the mix for a European spot this term, and as mentioned, much of their success in 2021-22 has been built on a strong away record, which is only bettered by Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Wolves recorded a 2-1 win over Newcastle in the reverse match at Molineux back in October, while they are actually unbeaten against the Magpies since a Championship clash in February 2017.

Newcastle United Premier League form:
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Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier League form:
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We say: Newcastle United 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Incredibly, five of the last six Premier League matches between these two sides have finished 1-1, and we have had to back the same scoreline on Friday night. Newcastle will be desperate to end their losing run, and the Magpies should be good enough for a point in front of their own supporters.

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