Wolves have lost their last three league games, so they will be looking to get something out of the game with Newcastle tomorrow afternoon at Molineaux.
On the other hand, Newcastle have made their best start to a league season since way back in 1995, when the great Kevin Keegan was managing the club, and at that time the team was nicknamed The Entertainers and were even the country’s favorite side because of the attacking way they played the game.
It’s a long stretch to call this current Newcastle team entertainers, but on the positive side, manager Alan Pardew has vowed to make Newcastle an entertaining and attacking side this season, but of course the emphasis is on winning.
Newcastle have 12 points from their six league games this season, and have also progressed to the 4th round of the Carling Cup. albeit against lower league sides Scunthorpe United and Nottingham Forest, away from home.
Most Newcastle fans have been pleasantly surprised by Newcastle’s very good start to the season, but the fans are also not getting carried away too much either, with the memories of that terrible relegation still too vivid in most of our minds.
And Alan Pardew seems to have done an excellent job so far in keeping the players’ feet firmly on the ground, because once you think you are a good team, that’s the time the lads will get smashed – that’s just the way things seem to work out, for whatever reason.
Newcastle have fielded an unchanged defense in all of their six games this season so far, and Newcastle’s defense is currently the best of all the 92 football league clubs, having conceded just three goals in six games.
We also have to hope that even mentioning those stats does not cause Newcastle to be something like 2-0 down after 10 minutes in tomorrow’s game.
We fully expect Alan Pardew to keep an unchanged side from that which easily beat Blackburn Rovers 3-1 at St. James’ Park last Saturday.
This is the team we expect tomorrow with the subs bench:
Simpson Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Obertan Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Subs: Elliot Santon Guthrie Marveaux Ameobi (S) Ben Arfa Lovenkrands
We know Wolves will be trying to pick up points tomorrow, and they always give their opposition a hard game, and Alan Pardew and the players are fully expecting a tough encounter tomorrow.
The keys to the game for Newcastle are that they can endure spells where Wolves will be on top, and another clean sheet, which would be Newcastle’s 4th this season, has to be a goal for tomorrow.
The other two keys to this game for the Magpies are that the central midfield pair of Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote can keep up their excellent form of the last couple of games, and that Demba Ba and Leon Best can keep scoring those goals.
If Newcastle can play anywhere near what they were like last Saturday against Blackburn, when they could have easily buried Rovers with a little bit more luck in those last 15 minutes, then there has to be a decent chance we can get something out of this game.
A draw would be good enough for us, and a win would be simply phenomenal.
What do you think?