Wolverhampton Wanderers are vying for a European spot and will be looking to get back to winning ways when Newcastle travel to the Molineux on Saturday.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are just six points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea but the West Midlands club have suffered back-to-back defeats in their previous two Premier League outings, making this weekend’s showdown all the more important.
Steve Bruce has done a commendable job to keep the Magpies hovering above the drop zone, but he will be wary of his side getting dragged into a relegation dogfight if points start to fall by the wayside.
Newcastle currently sit in 13th-place but only five points above the bottom three, and having lost in three successive games, Bruce will be desperate to stop the rot and get points back up on the board.
Read on for Wolves vs Newcastle preview, predictions, team news, TV coverage information and more.
When is Wolves vs Newcastle and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Date: Saturday, 11 January 2020
Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: Wolves vs Newcastle
27 Oct 2019: Newcastle 1-1 Wolves (Premier League)
17 Jul 2019: Newcastle 0-4 Wolves (Premier League Asia Trophy)
11 Feb 2019: Wolves 1-1 Newcastle (Premier League)
09 Dec 2018: Newcastle 1-2 Wolves (Premier League)
11 Feb 2017: Wolves 0-1 Newcastle (Championship)
Aggregate Score: Wolves (DWDWL) 8-4 Newcastle (DLDLW)
Ones to watch
Wolves: Adama Traore
He doesn’t lift weights — supposedly — but he has been lifting his status as one of the Premier League’s finest out-and-out wingers. Blessed with explosive pace and an end product to match, which hasn’t always been the case, the La Masia graduate is now garnering the attention his lofty potential deserves and can cause Newcastle problems aplenty if he is on his game.
Key stat: Adama Traore has completed more dribbles than any other player in the Premier League this season (110).
Newcastle: Sean Longstaff
The 22-year-old has been in and out of the starting line-up these past few weeks, but he will be determined to find his best form and help Newcastle climb up the table. There are fitness concerns for Jonjo Shelvey, who picked up a thigh injury in the 3-0 reverse to Leicester last time out in the league, meaning Longstaff will have to step up his game and help fill the void of the England international.
Key stat: Sean Longstaff has made more accurate short passes per 90 minutes (27.4) than any other Newcastle player in the Premier League this season (3+ appearances)
Wolves have made four changes from the team that drew with Manchester United in the FA Cup last weekend. Rui Patricio, Jonny, Raul Jimenez and Joao Moutinho return to the starting XI while Morgan Gibbs-White is on the bench for the first time since November.
Confirmed XI: Patricio; Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny; Traoare, Neto; Jimenez.
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Five changes come for Newcastle from their most recent Premier League game with Ciaran Clarke, Paul Dummett, Dwight Gayle, Sean Longstaff and Matty Longstaff all returning. Miguel Almiron is also back after a short injury scare.
Confirmed XI: Dubravka; Dummett, Fernandez, Clark; Hayden, S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Almiron, Willems; Joelinton, Gayle.
Wolves are winless in their previous three games, so are sure to be given a fervent pep talk from Espirito Santo prior to this meeting, which should inspire a side who have looked devastating when at their best this season.
In front of a raucous Molineux crowd, the likes of Traore, Neto and Jimenez should be up for this against a depleted Newcastle side, who will have to produce some of their best football if they are to snatch a result here.