Wolves go in search for their first home win of the season as Newcastle travel to Molineux on Saturday
After overcoming Southampton last weekend, Wolves will attempt to pick up their first home win of the season this Saturday afternoon, when winless Newcastle United come to Molineux.
Raul Jimenez’s stunning strike has injected a new confidence around Bruno Lage’s side, and is the perfect example of what a top class centre forward can do when given the opportunity
Steve Bruce’s side do not have such a luxury right now with Callum Wilson still injured, and surely would have picked up their maiden win at Watford last week if they’d had the former Bournemouth man available.
Instead, a plethora of chances were missed by the Magpies, allowing Ismaila Sarr to cancel out Sean Longstaff’s Goal of the Month contender, and ensure Newcastle go into their seventh game of the Premier League season without tasting victory yet.
On the injury front, things are starting to look a little better for Wolves than they have been in previous months. Daniel Podence is back and made his first start of the season against Southampton, and Rayan Ait-Nouri could return for the visit of Newcastle.
The French wing-back has only managed six minutes of league action this term, and has been struggling with concussion recently, but could be cleared in time to make the squad.
Pedro Neto and Jonny Otto are longer term absentees for Wolves, with Yerson Mosquera and Hugo Bueno also side-lined with major hamstring problems.
As for Newcastle, it’s largely the same problems as they’ve been dealing with for the last few weeks. As mentioned, Wilson is out until after the international break with his hamstring problem, and Martin Dubravka is still building match fitness after an infected wound in pre-season.
Karl Darlow will continue in goal, with Freddie Woodman being assessed closer to kick-off after a knock kept him out of the last two matchday squads.
Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey are also missing, with Bruce likely to continue with his back four system that saw his side dominate most of the game at Vicarage Road last weekend.
If you’re looking for a clue as to how this one may play out, you might be interested to know that the last five Premier League games between these two sides have ended in 1-1 draws, and five of the last seven played at Molineux have ended in the same score line.
If Newcastle can break that habit and get a win, they’ll ensure they won’t end the weekend in the relegation zone, whereas Wolves could move into mid-table should they extend the Geordies’ miserable start to the season.
Wolves take on Newcastle United at Molineux on Saturday, October 2nd. Kick-off is at 3pm.