The hosts have remained unbeaten in their last four consecutive league games, accumulating 8 points with two draws and two wins. In their latest league match, they pulled off a convincing 2-1 victory. Wolves are currently placed 12th in the table. Surprisingly, in fact, the hosts have won only 2 out of 16 meetings with the Newcastle.
Whereas, the domestic league action resumes for the Magpies after the midweek Champions League 1-0 defeat from Dortmund as they will seek redemption at this away tie against an in-form Wolves side. Eddie Howe’s side has been tremendous with 4 wins and a draw in their last five league fixture, in addition, kept a clean sheet in each win.
Gary O’Neil’s side must be eyeing to overturn the previous track record against the Magpies, aiming to extend their unbeaten run further to five games. However, the 6th placed Newcastle definitely carries a slight advantage given the fact, that they have scored the most goals in the Premier this season.
When and Where?
Where: Molineux Stadium
When: Saturday, 28, October 2023.
Time: 5:30 PM BST
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
Assistants: Gary Beswick & Adam Nunn.
Fourth official: Thomas Bramall.
VAR: Jarred Gillett.
Assistant VAR: Steve Meredith.
For Wolves, Mario Lemina and Nelson Semedo return after suspension for selection, while Hugo Bueno and Jean-Ricner Bellegarde remain sidelined due to injury woes.
For visitors, Aleksander Isak and Jacob Murphy are unlikely to feature as sustain injuries in the clash against Dortmund, along with regular absentees Barnes and Sven Botman Moreover, Sandro Tonali was banned for 10 months due to a gambling scandal.
Gary O’Neil is expected to line up in a 3-4-3 formation, keeping an unchanged backline. In the midfield quartet, Nelson Semedo and Lemina are set to return to the starting XI after missing the last outing due to suspension, replacing Doherty and Gomes. They will join forces alongside Ait-Nouri and Traore. The in-form attacking trio of Hwang, Matheus Cunha, and Pedro Neto will be upfront.
Whereas, Newcastle boss Eddie Howe’s 443 attacking formation is likely to retain the same back-four comprising Tripper, Schar Lascelles, and Burn from the last two consecutive fixtures. The midfielder trio is projected to be the same consisting of Bruno Guimarães alongside Longstaff and Joelinton. The only change is expected in front-line Callum Wilson to replace Isak as the striker.
Neto, the 23-year-old Portuguese winger, has featured in all the Premier League fixtures this season, providing 6 assists and scoring a goal in a total of 9 appearances until now. He has recently been linked to Arsenal due to his exceptional performance on the wings. Neto has been the most lethal attacking threat for the opposition defense and could pose a threat to the Magpies’ backline.
The English international striker is set to start against Wolves, being the second top scorer for the club this season with 5 goals in 8 Premier League appearances totaling 330 minutes. Wilson is averaging a goal every 66 minutes in the Premier League this season, the best figure of any player to have played at least 90 minutes so far. The 31-year-old striker, who scored in their recent 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, aims to increase his goal tally.
Wolves predicted lineup vs Newcastle: Sa; Kilman, Dawson, Toti; Semedo, Traore, Lemina, Ait-Nouri; Neto, Cunha, Hwang.
Newcastle predicted lineup vs Wolves: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Lascelles, Burn; Joelinton, Guimaraes, Longstaff; Almiron, Wilson, Gordon.