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Big-spenders Newcastle aiming for victory against struggling Wolves
Newcastle to win 2-1
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Wolverhampton, West Midlands, Molineux StadiumBet Now
Newcastle are certainly making all the right noises right now, especially in the eyes of their fans.
They have future ambitions of eventually challenging the likes of Manchester City for the biggest trophies, so to go toe-to-toe with them last weekend could be a sign of things to come.
In truth, they were excellent as they pressed and troubled Pep Guardiola’s side, going 3-1 up before eventually being pinned back for the draw. They now sit 6th with five points from their first three games.
Wolves have suffered different fortunes so far this season, struggling for goals and currently sitting near the foot of the table.
A solitary point against Fulham came sandwiched between defeats against Leeds and Tottenham, meaning that it’s been a difficult start to the campaign.
Now at home, they will be hoping they can secure their first win of the season.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Midweek win in Carabao Cup should improve confidence
Raul Jimenez is back in contention after injury
Reasons to be fearful:
Lost their last meeting with Newcastle
Just one goal scored from three games
Despite making some new signings to add to the squad, Bruno Lage will be well aware that his side needs to start delivering soon.
The main problem for Wolves has been scoring goals, a challenge that has plagued them for several years. Without their main striker, Raul Jimenez, they have looked desperately short of quality at the top end.
On the positive side, Jimenez should be fit to return from the start here to boost his side’s chances at the top end of the pitch.
With new signing Nunes in midfield, Wolves should start to lift their performances before long. They were good in the first half against Tottenham, but couldn’t find the finishing touch in Spurs’ penalty area.
Whether they can find it against an in-form Newcastle side is up for debate.
Star Man – Raul Jimenez
The Mexican has led Wolves’ forward line well for the past few seasons, although is subject to injury concerns. His return is needed and should make an impact here.
Reasons to be cheerful
New signing Isak should boost goalscoring quality
Unbeaten so far this season
Reasons to be fearful
Key striker Callum Wilson is out injured
Wolves will be desperate for a result here
Newcastle continued their spending spree this week, breaking their transfer record to bring Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad for £63m.
The Swedish striker comes with a fine reputation from Spain, scoring 44 goals from his 132 games. At the age of 22, he has his best years ahead of him and he’ll be expected to lead Newcastle’s forward line in the future.
The rest of Newcastle’s team looks good, too, and gave Manchester City a good run for their money last weekend, earning a 3-3 draw in a thrilling game.
Eddie Howe has a good reputation as a manager and is clearly getting the best out of the squad he has available. His challenge will be to keep improving and ensure his side finish in the top half of the table.
Against Wolves, they’ll be fearful of a side desperate for their first win of the season.
Star Man – Allan Saint-Maximin
The Frenchman was fantastic against Manchester City, running their defence ragged at times. His two assists showed his exceptional quality.
Newcastle to have most of the attacking moments
Jimenez will make a difference to Wolves’ attack
Will Isak start for Newcastle?
Many eyes will be on Newcastle’s line up this weekend, wondering whether record signing Alexander Isak will start the game. Eddie Howe could opt for Chris Wood from the start, seeing as Wilson is injured.
Fresh from their thrilling draw against Manchester City last weekend, Newcastle should be confident on the ball, but can they break down a Wolves side desperate for points?
If Wolves score first, their confidence will build, but if they concede their heads may drop.
Wolves should be fine this season, but they aren’t favourites to win this one.
Newcastle to win 2-1
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