|Both Teams To Score||1/1||Coral|
|Newcastle to Win||9/5||Bet365|
|BTTS + Newcastle Win||11/2||Coral|
It may lack the drama of the derby triple bill offered up by Super Sunday last weekend, with just one match scheduled, but there’s plenty of interest at St James Park as two sides battling against the threat of relegation decide three crucial points.
Newcastle start the week down in 14th but have lost just one of their last five and appear to be heading in the right direction. Wolves go into round 16 two places higher than their opponents but have managed one win in their last five.
In the UK, Sky Sports bring us the action live from 4.00pm and a tense match is expected.
Newcastle looked every inch a side destined for the Championship during the early exchanges of this season with troubles at boardroom level seemingly affecting performances and results on the pitch.
The Magpies were able to turn things around approaching winter and each of their three wins this season have come in their last five starts. Victory over Watford at this venue ignited the fightback and it was followed by a 2-1 home cheer vs Bournemouth before leaving Turf Moor with the points safely tucked away, again by the odd goal in three.
That purple patch was brought to a halt by West Ham who impressed when beating the form side 3-0 in front of their own fans on the opening day of December.
Rafa Benitez’s battlers got themselves back on track with a useful draw against a good Everton side at Goodison Park in midweek to help steady the ship.
That was a result that surprised more than a few followers of the English top-flight, given The Toffees’ quality. Rondon had his employers ahead inside 19 minutes but that advantage was cut-out by Richarlison who levelled things up before the break.
It was a fast start from both but neither could find a winner in the second 45. Benitez took time to credit his defence when speaking to the press at full-time, and they deserved the praise heaped on them.
Wolves rated as the surprise package in the opening few weeks of the season following their promotion from the Championship but the novelty of it all appears to have worn off as reality begins to set in.
A poor run of results has dragged them down the charts and they line-up with a record reading five wins, four draws and six defeats. That would suggest a midtable finish will be their lot this term, but fans have every right to be worried when realising half of their six defeats have come in the last five games.
Followers of the West Midlands club saw their side lose two on the bounce when going down to Huddersfield and Cardiff, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s boys responded in the best way possible, fighting back to stun Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Loftus-Cheek handed the Londoners an early advantage, but Jimenez equalised on the hour before Jota silenced the home crowd when scoring what proved to be the winner four minutes later.
The victorious manager called it a very good performance but was honest enough to admit his team’s problems haven’t been solved with one win. He challenged his troops to maintain the standards shown at Stamford Bridge.
It’s no real surprise to see traders have thrown their support behind the away win on the back of midweek heroics and punters looking to follow the betting will find Wolves available at Coral’s 13/8.
That’s a tempting offer and if the visitors play as well as they did on Wednesday it’ll look great value. Prefer home comforts? A Newcastle win is yours at 9/5 when getting your stake money down at Bet365, the draw 21/10 with the same firm.
It’s worth knowing that one team has failed to score in each of the last three renewals of this fixture, but they’ve not met since the 2016/17 season when sharing the Championship.
Recent results suggest we can expect goals with both teams scoring in three of Newcastle’s last five and four of Wolves’ during the same period. Both teams to score is one for your weekend accumulators at Coral’s even money (1/1).