This weekend’s Super Sunday action comes from St James’ Park as Newcastle United meet Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League. 

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Several Newcastle players face late fitness tests to see if they could feature against Wolves.

Isaac Hayden (ankle), Kenedy (toe), Paul Dummett (thigh) and Jamie Sterry (groin) must prove their fitness ahead of this match. 

Karl Darlow (elbow) and Florian Lejeune (knee) are both ruled out for the foreseeable future. 

Matt Ritchie is available after a one match ban but Fabian Schar replaces him on the sidelines through suspension, after picking up a fifth yellow against Everton. 

Wolves have a fully fit squad available as Ruben Neves returns from suspension.

Jonny remains ruled out till at least Boxing Day with a knee injury. 

 

Form

Newcastle have taken 11 points from their last six league games compared to just two from their opening nine games. 

At home, the Magpies however have kept just a single clean sheet which came against Watford. 

Wolves meanwhile ended a run of one point in six with victory over Chelsea in midweek but haven’t kept a clean sheet in last seven games.

Wolves’ last six goals have come from five different goal scorers with Raul Jimenez netting twice. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Newcastle have lost just one of their last nine meetings with Wolves (W4, D4, L1). 
  • In last two Premier League meetings between these sides in 2011-12 season, Newcastle scored twice in both meetings with a 2-1 win at Molineux before drawing 2-2 at home. 
  • The winning side have kept clean sheets in each of last three meetings compared to just one clean sheet in previous 11 beforehand. 
  • Four of six Premier League meetings between these sides finished as draws with first three clashes all finishing 1-1 before newcastle ended that run with a 4-1 home win in April 2011.
  • Rafa Benitez is yet to lose any of his 22 home Premier League matches against a newly promoted club (W16, D6).  

 

Prediction

Newcastle have shown real progress in recent weeks but Wolves will be on a high after beating Chelsea in midweek from a goal down.

Although my head says 1-0 to Newcastle, my heart says a point each so am going for a draw. 

Prediction: Newcastle United 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Jake predicts: Newcastle United 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Result: Newcastle United 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

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