Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Tips & Predictions – Sunday 9th December 2018

Both of these clubs enjoyed their time during the first batch of mid-week fixtures in the Premier League. Newcastle battled hard on Wednesday night to earn themselves a valuable away point against Everton while Wolves were able to stop the rot when facing Chelsea and came from behind to land a very valuable three points against the odds.

Happy to take one point in mid-week, Newcastle will surely be after more this Sunday as they face a Wolves side who have been regularly beaten in recent weeks. The visitors will also be eyeing up a victory though, given the Magpies’ less than stellar home record at St James’ Park this season and the undeniable fact they were rather lucky to scrape a point against the wasteful Toffees.

Top Tips

Wolves to win @ 8/5

Under 2.5 goals @ 4/7

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Newcastle United News: Ashley considering four takeover bids

View of the East Stand at Newcastle United's St James' Park

It is yet to be seen if Mike Ashley will actually relinquish control at St James’ Park but he does have interested buyers according to recent reports. Peter Kenyon, former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive is one, with the remaining three unknown parties from the US, Middle East and Turkey. All four have exceeded the £300m asking price and a deal could potentially be struck over the next few weeks. If things do develop, Newcastle fans will be united in their joy as their current owner remains a hugely unpopular figure at the club.

Dummett a doubt

Newcastle don’t find it easy to replace Paul Dummett whenever he’s not available. Javi Manquillo is the most like for like swap but the Spaniard is seen as a significant downgrade. Hamstring issues have long plagued the Magpies’ first choice left back and it was once again the source of his absence on Wednesday.

The latest setback doesn’t appear to be an overly serious one though and there is hope the Welshman can feature against Wolves. His manager said that he will see how he gets on during training in the build-up to the match before making a final decision.

Toon Must Improve

Although Newcastle earned a precious point last Wednesday, for much of the game they were thoroughly outplayed. Rafa Benitez praised his side’s defence and their resilience but really it was two points lost for Everton who had plenty of chances to win the game. Against another side that can play neat football here, the Magpies must somehow find a way to see more of the ball and control the game a little better. If they are unable to improve, Wolves’ talented midfield may just prove too much.

Wolverhampton Wanderers News: Winless run comes to an end

Sir Jack Hayward Stand at Molineux in Wolverhampton

Wolves began the season brightly but their 2-0 home defeat to Watford in October marked the start of a six game winless run. In this time the Midlands club managed just one point and some supporters’ faith in Nuno Espirito Santo began to waver.

The Portuguese boss admitted his side was in a ‘bad moment’ after the defeat to Cardiff and said he was beginning to feel a little cautious. He’ll have certainly felt a lot better on Wednesday night though as his side ended their winless patch as they came back from behind to topple Chelsea, a stunning win.

Gibbs-White stars on full debut

Wolves have regularly named a consistent line-up this season but the suspension of Ruben Neves paved the way for Morgan Gibbs-White to start his first ever Premier League game. A far more attacking option than his Portuguese teammate, the youngster took up the false nine role in the win over Chelsea. He grabbed an assist on debut, his perfectly weighted pass setting up Raul Jimenez to fire home the equaliser. Overall it was a fine full debut display from the 18-year-old and one he said was a complete dream come true.

Analysis: Espirito Santo unwilling to get carried away

Wolves became just the second team to beat Chelsea this season but their manager is refusing to get ahead of himself. Nuno, as he was known as a player, firmly stated that the win over the Blues does not mean all his side’s problems are solved. A lack of goals has been perhaps the biggest issue this season but they did show plenty of desire to push forward in the second half during their recent win. More of the same will be asked of them here as they seek to climb back up the table.

Wolves to push on after mid-week win

It was only a matter of time before Wolves returned to winning ways and they did so in style against Chelsea. On paper, the newly promoted side look strong and they showed real class earlier on in the season. Handed some renewed confidence following Wednesday’s victory, the Wanderers are trading at good odds (8/5) to make it back to back victories.

They don’t have an abundance of scoring power but are up against a side who lost 3-0 to West Ham during their last home game. It was the sixth time the Magpies have lost on their own turf this season, a higher number than any other side in the Premier League and possibly a reflection of the toxic atmosphere generated by the hatred of the owner.

Goal supply an issue for both sides

Wolves have averaged just a goal per game since their return to the Premier League while Newcastle have a return of just 12 from their 15 matches. Neither side leak in masses of goals at the back but going forward they leave plenty room for improvement.

The Toon Army did have a couple of chances to snatch the win against Everton late on but the ball fell to the wrong man, Christian Atsu. Salomon Rondon is probably who you’d consider the right man but even he only has three league goals to his name. Wolves’ number nine Raul Jimenez posts figures little better than this, making under 2.5 goals (4/7) seem likely for this match.

Recent Matches

Wolves were victorious on their most recent visit to St James’ Park in the league, ending a 15-year winless patch there. They’ve generally not fared well against the Magpies in recent times though, falling to a defeat on four of the last six occasions.

11th February 2017: Wolves 0 – 1 Newcastle United

The Magpies returned to the top of the Championship table with this win at Molineux. Aleksandar Mitrovic was the man who made the difference although he was lucky not to have been sent off prior to his goal. The Serbian was already on an early booking when he planted his foot on the back of Carl Ikeme’s leg. Knowing he was lucky to escape punishment, Rafael Benitez withdrew the striker at half time.

20th September 2016: Newcastle United 2 – 0 Wolves

Newcastle got some revenge on Wolves just four days after losing to them in the league. Matt Ritchie scored the first and set up another two minutes later as the Magpies quickly doubled their advantage in this League Cup bout. Yoan Gouffran netted the second goal and it was one for the home fans to savour. The French striker was being tightly marked but still managed to direct a ferocious volley straight into the roof of the net.

17th September 2016: Newcastle United 0 – 2 Wolves

Despite facing a side who won 6-0 just days earlier, Wolves were not intimidated by the task awaiting them. They began the game brightly and twice went close to opening the scoring through Helder Costa and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson. The breakthrough did come but only when Charles Mbemba was kind enough to head into his own goal. Costa added another in the second half and things got even worse for the Magpies late on when Vurnon Anita was shown a straight red card.

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