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Newcastle At Wolves – Poll Result, Team Prediction, And Injuries


This is the team we predict Steve Bruce will send out at Wolves on Saturday. It has four changes from the draw at Rochdale last weekend.


Newcastle have had a full week of rest for the first time since the win against Crystal Place on December 21st.

It has done us some good with Ciaran Clark, Andy Carroll, Paul Dummett, Dwight Gayle, and Jetro Willems back in contention for a place.

Miguel Almiron will also not miss any games after coming off with a groin problem at Rochdale.

However, we do have Ki Sung-yueng, Yoshinori Muto, and DeAndre Yedlin, who picked up knocks at Spotland. DeAndre Yedlin will face a late fitness test.

If he can’t go, then it’ll be Emil Krafth making his first Premier League start since Leicester City in September.

Matt Ritchie could also make his first start in quite some time. The 30-year-old made his return from the bench last Saturday after being out for over four months with his ankle injury.

There are still quite a few injuries to contend with. However, it’s looking very positive with most players on pace to return within the next week or two.

Newcastle Injuries

Jamaal Lascelles – leg, Allan Saint-Maximin – hamstring, Javier Manquillo – hamstring, Fabian Schar -hamstring, Jonjo Shelvey – hamstring, Yoshinori Muto – hip, Ki Sung-yueng – undisclosed, DeAndre Yedlin – knee (late fitness test)

Wolves Injuries

Wily Boly – ankle, Diogo Jota – thigh

The poll result is to be expected on the back of three straight defeats in the league. The majority of fans are being realistic for this one. It’s a very difficult fixture to get anything out of.

Of the 2320 total votes, 1530 are predicting a loss. That’s about two-thirds of voters. For the positive among us, it’s split evenly between a win and a draw with both at 17% of the total vote.

Maybe the players returning from injury can inject some renewed vigor into the team and inspire a result. A win or even a draw could see us inch up the table, depending on other outcomes.

How Will Newcastle Fare At Wolves On Saturday?

  • Loss (66%, 1,530 )
  • Win (17%, 405 )
  • Draw (17%, 385 )

Total Voters: 2,320

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PosTeamGamesGDPoints
10Arsenal26234
11Burnley26-934
12Southampton26-1631
13Newcastle26-1631
14Crystal Palace26-930
15Brighton26-727

76 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Can Almiron,Longstaff and Hayden “boss” the midfeld away to Wolves at home
    Can only hope so

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  • JohnJ

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Here’s hoping The Toon come back with a good result!

    At this stage I’d take a point but three would be wonderful….. 🙂

    1
  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Longstaff is a weak link, we really need a new cm, pretty clear that £30 million we supposed to of had left over from summer has vanished

    2
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #4

    More likely…

    ……………,,…Dubravka.
    ………Fede……Clark…..Lejeune.
    Yedlin….Hayden…Longstaff…Willems.
    …….Joelinton………..Almiron.
    ………………..Carroll.

    Not a bad 11 actually, but we really do need to take the risk and push the fullbacks on though. We can’t keep dropping off the way we are inclined to, and give the opposition the run of the game. It’s hopeless and no fun at all. .

    1
  • Peter Beardsley

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Richie coming on for the last 20

    Subs: Richie, Dummett, M. Longstaff, Atsu, Darlow.

    ———————————————————Dubravka———————————

    ———————Yedlin———Fernandez——Clark———lejuene——Willems—

    ———————————Almiron——Hayden——Joelinton—————————

    ————————————————Carrroll——Gayle———————————

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2020 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #6

    The 10th plate crashes to the ground!

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2020 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Although we have signed some high flyer apparently!

    1
  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 11, 2020 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Jeez EGB #6, I read plate as plane!!!!!!

    PS it’s absolutely tipping it down here, windows are being blown out, flooding everywhere, takes me back to my youth!

    1
  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2020 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Essex

    Ten down, 21 still spinning. More plates needed, pronto!

    2
  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2020 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #10

    DubaiMicky

    It’s chucking it down in the sandpit? Is that normal for this time of year?

    1
  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2020 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Well, all the excitement of the winter window. No points won, maybe no more before it closes, a loanee in, and even those who took up the 10k freebie tickets crying for their money back. Ah hang on a sec……

    Wow, Ashley does it again. How much more of this crap will people take?

    Yes, Jiblets, we know it’s early and we really should be up-beat but…

    1
  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2020 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #12

    People’s gone to bed, dreaming about the superstars to come in.

    ??zz?zzzzzzzzz

    1
  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 11, 2020 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #13

    lesh, yes, and if you ever visit here, come between October and March.

    Thing is, the country doesn’t have a drainage system as such, so the water lies in the hollows – and it’s really bad in the wadis (dried river beds), many die there.

    Wet months are Dec Jan usually.

    Still 18c at 6.30am though LOL

    1
  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 11, 2020 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #14

    SLongstaff won’t stand a chance against WW. It is difficult to believe anyone would offer £30M for SL as some are saying connecting him with MU. I think Dummett is needed on the left if available and Ritchie in the midfield. And I just wonder what’s the harm in giving Kyle Scott a look in with so many first team players injured.

    1
  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 11, 2020 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Unused, we seem to devalue our players whilst up-valuing others.

    Seen it for years now.

    3
  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 11, 2020 at 5:00 AM

    Comment #16

    RobLeenio (Jan 10, 2020 at 12:54 PM Comment #7): don’t think *any* demographic would have liked our (or Joelinton’s) performance against Rochdale. This is not to condone foul language though. But then, football fan behavior has hardly ever been everyone’s cup of tea. That shows up even in this forum every now and then.

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  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 11, 2020 at 5:07 AM

    Comment #17

    DubaiMicky @15: Rafa’s tenure was a brief respite from the devaluation that you indicated. Cases in point: Andros Townsend and Moussa Sissoko.

    1
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 11, 2020 at 5:19 AM

    Comment #18

    Sean Longstaff will probably go on to be the next Dummet. Reliable at doing the simple things. Mind you he looked a different player last year. Maybe it was the system or the manager. Some players are crap for one boss and great for the next. Manquillo Clark Fernandez have improved. Dubs is maybe better. Everybody else has gone the other way.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 11, 2020 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #19

    I think we will see a good performance from longstaff today playing without shelvey. we will be harder to break down but its going to be another 35% possesion game. few shots our way.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2020 at 5:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Hood result for us last night, we shouldn’t shift to far down if we get beat today, the downside is Churnley will enter league position, points and rivals points in to his PC and the computer will say no to any money being spent.

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2020 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #21

    TnMW,
    Has Manquillo improved or just carrying his form from last year on.

    2
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 11, 2020 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #22

    Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden remain our best centre midfield pairing, in my opinion. Both have suffered playing alongside Shelvey, who takes more of the ball and spends more time on it. Shelvey’s good, but in tandem with another not as good as Hayden and Longstaff, who equally are suffering from having a less clearly defined role under Bruce than under Rafa. Last term they hunted in a pair, protected the back 3, got their challenges in, recycled the ball, played it early. Real simple stuff, done well and with vigor. This year we’ve been more inclined to see Shelvey running the show, often from deep, and Hayden and Longstaff, playing more unfamiliar and less suited roles, basically second fiddle.

    6
  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 11, 2020 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #23

    TnMW @19: something went awry with SL when he returned from injury. Is he worried of another injury and avoiding tackles or is it our ultradefensive setup that is keeping him from performing; I don’t know.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 11, 2020 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Tough assignment this afternoon. Realistically getting a result of any kind will be a big shock.
    The problem is we habitually present the ball to the opposition,and Wolves are bright and inventive with it. Tactically their coach is several levels above ours.
    Of course, we are praying we can put away a couple of half chances and Wolves are profligate in front of goal.
    Head says let’s just get out of it with no injury recurrences for players we will hurry back.
    Expectations lowered..

    0
  • sing in the corner

    Jan 11, 2020 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Unused sub
    Sean has ability and potential, we all saw it,and yes..it certainly was the injury and possibly a bit of head turning by the Man U ‘interest’ that was where things turned around.
    They are still very good at that.

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  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 11, 2020 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #26

    Shelvey in my opinion needs to be deployed farther up the pitch. He is not very good in physically controlling the midfield and worse defending.

    I completely agree that our players are unable to perform partly because none seems to have a clearly defined role. Right now everyone is trying to do everything, other than goalkeeping and scoring course, and creating confusion in the process.

    0
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 11, 2020 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #27

    I assume Bruce thinks Shelvey can release players on the counter with clever passing, but in truth, I think the simple ball played early, particularly straight after we’ve won it, is as or more effective.

    I agree, if Shelvey plays, it should be in a more advanced role, however, no matter where he plays, you can’t conceal that lack of real pace.

    Longstaff isn’t quick either, but he gives and goes all day long and his movement and anticipation is very good, so to my mind it’s less noticeable.

    We’ve probably got Longstaff and Hayden in tandem today, with Carroll up top, and Joel and Almiron either side in support, and I think that’s pretty functional set up for us, so I expect us to give Wolves a run for their money.

    2
  • sing in the corner

    Jan 11, 2020 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #28

    On a positive note we shouldn’t be sinking any further this weekend with the fixtures the teams below us have. (Burnley, Brighton and Norwich away to Chelsea, Everton and Man U. And Villa home against City tomorrow.) Not too many points for the relegation candidates there you would think.
    Bournemouth v Watford is an interesting one.
    We should know more about where we are in relation to them after that one!

    0
  • stan anderson

    Jan 11, 2020 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #29

    All we need to sign is a Peter Beardsley type and a Alan Shearer type .
    Go out and find them Charnley the pencil sharpener.
    Oh and a proper coach like Senor Rafa Benitez.
    Not much chance of that from our laughing stock of a club.
    Seriously I think Leeds type of football will enhance the Premier League if they take our position in it.Sad to say.

    3
  • sing in the corner

    Jan 11, 2020 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #30

    RIP Neil Peart

    Phenomenal drummer..

    1
  • Jib

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #31

    Bruce hinting at Dwight Gayle’s involvement in the Wolves fixture

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #32

    Profligate. I like it, nice word.

    2
  • RobLeenio

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #33

    Gayle remains our most instinctive striker, constantly making the best runs, finding the space in the box. The big problem with him is that he struggles to convert the chances that come his way.

    Seeing as we don’t create many, he’s not very likely to score of he plays today.

    0
  • Nufc-83

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #34

    We probably need Dummett in there somewhere as there flying wingers are going to cause major issues!

    1
  • Nufc-83

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #35

    It has to be carrolll with Joel and Almiron supporting

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #36

    Went to a benefit gig for Sean Cox last night in Dublin with Michael McIntyre, Des Bishop, tommy Tiernan. Great gig and thousands at it, but You’ll never walk alone being blasted out with about 8000 singing it wasn’t the best part of it 🙁

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #37

    Need Dummett agreed. Pity we didn’t go for Traore when we were linked with him. What did he cost, 15 Mill?

    1
  • Bladey

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #39

    We need Dummett in there
    Gayle is our most instinctive forward
    Longstaff is our best midfielder
    You really are the the clowns of the blog do you actually think before writing this utter drivil if you do your even dafter than I thought
    Dummett it woeful
    Gayle cannot hit a barn door in the big league
    Longstaff is another young lad you have put on a pedestal who will end up at Darlington
    ASH IN CARVER AND WISE IN BRUCE OUT

    1
  • Jib

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #40

    drivel

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