Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
These two teams might not have the most prolific of pasts together as of late, although they have clashed on a few occasions. However, their recent histories mirror one another. Having each fought to get back into the Premier League, it is now their job to show that they belong there, and who better to do that against than a team chasing the very same goal?
Is this town big enough for the both of them? With relegation looming in the background – particularly for Newcastle United – it will certainly be an interesting journey finding out.
Newcastle United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Prediction: Newcastle 0-1 Wolves
Whether you predict a win for Newcastle United or Wolverhampton Wanderers may very well depend on the timeframe you are looking at. That’s because Wolves have – barring their recent victory over Chelsea – gone through a bit of a rough patch as of late, while Newcastle finally got their season out of first gear in November. However, there’s little doubt that Wolves have had a better season in terms of performance and points.
Ultimately, this comes down to looking at the bigger picture, especially as even in defeat, Wolves managed to look dangerous on occasion, although there was the odd generally bad showing. For overall performance quality, we think Wolverhampton Wanderers are going to take this one. Considering Newcastle have lost without scoring quite often this season, we are predicting a similar end here, with a 1-0 result to the away side.
Our recommended tip: Wolves win
With these sides being just two positions away from one another in the 2018/19 Premier League standings, this is certainly expected to be a close contest. In fact, the win probability has only a few percentage points in it, with Wolves taking the slight advantage at 36% and Newcastle closing in on them with 33%. Therefore, a match result bet on either team will give you good medium-risk odds. However, no matter how small the edge is, Wolves are still nudging ahead and therefore, our recommended tip is that you back the away side to victory to enjoy 17/10 odds from William Hill.
One thing that is worth pointing out when it comes to this match – although it was ultimately not enough to persuade us to change our mind on the scoreline prediction – is that Newcastle United do have the slightest of advantages when it comes to their previous matches. At least, the ones modern enough to be relevant to this game that is.
Back in 2016, they traded 2-0 victories apiece, so there’s not much to go on there. However, Newcastle United do pull ahead with a 1-0 win from 2017. Admittedly, it’s not much of a difference, but it’s enough to give the home team the advantage in previous matches.
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Players to watch: Salomón Rondón & Raúl Jiménez
Newcastle United: Salomón Rondón
While Newcastle United may have struggled on the attack throughout this season without the presence a significant difference maker, there’s now a sense that this might be changing thanks to Salomón Rondón. He put on an astonishing Man of the Match performance in Newcastle’s much needed 2-1 win over Bournemouth and followed that with a brilliant goal which saved them from defeat against Everton. Seeing this player blossom into one of Newcastle’s most valuable assets is truly a sight to behold.
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Raúl Jiménez
Something about Raúl Jiménez, who transferred from Benfica, just seems to be a match made in heaven for the Wolves squad. His four goals thus far have been impressive, and he showed off his talents in their 2-1 win over Chelsea recently. What really makes him stand out though is his all-around intelligent and effective gameplay, causing trouble for his opponents throughout – not to mention the four assists he can add to those goals in regards to his recent achievements. Not only that but reports suggest he is likely to be sticking around, so there’s no excuse not to get on board the Jiménez fan club.