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Newcastle United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, free match prediction 28 Feb 2021

28 Feb 2021 | 01:30 | Newcastle upon Tyne, St James' Park
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Troubled Newcastle take on a re-energised Wolves in attempt to stay ahead of chasing pack

  • Newcastle are the side most in danger of slipping into the bottom three
  • They are three points ahead of 18th place Fulham, and have lost three of last five
  • Wolves have rediscovered good form, with just one defeat from last six

Wolves to win 1-0

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Newcastle upon Tyne, St James' Park

NEWCASTLE UNITED vs WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS FC Match Preview & Analysis

Newcastle are currently sinking like a stone, and now appear in real danger of being sucked into the bottom three sooner rather than later.

As is usual with the club, matters off the field relating to ownership, manager struggles and constant negativity from the fans has not been helping matters on the pitch. Added to that, the team themselves are playing poorly and without their best player, Callum Wilson, through injury.

Miraculously, they have managed to win two of their last five matches, which has seen them just about stay afloat, but make no mistake about it, Fulham in 18th are knocking heavily on their door.

Wolves, on the other hand, have found a new energy of late, climbing up to 12th with victories over Arsenal, Southampton and Leeds in recent weeks.

Here, they will surely sense an opportunity to get one over on Newcastle while they are down on the confidence, and with Fulham playing Crystal Palace this weekend, there could well be a change in the bottom three.

Teams Preview

Newcastle United Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WLWLL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Looked good in patches against Man United last weekend

     Face an easier run of fixtures in March

Reasons to be fearful:

     If they lose here and Fulham win, they’ll be in the bottom three

     Conceded 21 goals at home this season (second-worst record in the league)

How desperately Newcastle could do with a win here.

If they did manage to beat Wolves, it would be the first time they’ve secured back-to-back victories at home since December 2019, but it’s not hard to see why they have found winning consistently difficult of late.

They have been conceding far too many goals (more than bottom place Sheffield United) and subsequently have a worse goal difference than Fulham, a team who could climb above them if results work out badly for the Magpies this weekend.

As well as coming up short at the back, their problems at the top of the pitch have been doubled, with striker Joelinton joining top scorer Callum Wilson on the sidelines after picking up a back injury last week.

Star Man – Allan Saint-Maximin

Was a cut above his teammates against Manchester United last weekend, with his equalising goal giving them a glimmer of hope until the Red Devils clicked into gear.

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WDLWW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Just one defeat in six, having lost four from the six before that

     Have not lost away to Newcastle since 2011

Reasons to be fearful:

     Tough run of fixtures upcoming in March

     Opponents will be desperate for a win

Not quite so long ago, Wolves looked as though they were heading for a similar position that Newcastle now find themselves in.

They could barely score a goal without the injured Raul Jimenez, lacked last season’s energy and drive and were looking out of ideas in general.

Fast forward a few weeks and they appear rejuvenated once more. They won’t finish as high in the table as they did last season, but are actually only two points worse off than they were after 25 matches.

They are the only team outside of the top five to have won at least three of their last four matches and are coming into this game having gone unbeaten at St. James’ Park in almost a decade.

Goals are still hard to come by without Jimenez, but at least they’ve recovered their determination.

Star Man – Ruben Neves

The midfielder has been a driving force behind Wolves’ recent resurgence. He has goals and assists to his name in recent weeks.

NEWCASTLE UNITED vs WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS FC Winning Prediction

     Unlikely to be an open, free-flowing game

     Could be settled by a single goal

     Wolves slight favourites based on form

A win is the result that will ease Newcastle’s situation most, however they are likely to set themselves up not to be beaten here.

It’s this negativity which has seen them slip to 17th in the first place and, with Fulham closing hard on their tails, could be punished.

Wolves are not the complete article either, especially going forward, but have form on their side coming into this one.

Wolves to win 1-0

Author: Ross B.