Newcastle have not tasted victory since January and are currently mired in a three-match losing skid. The train has not quite derailed as the recent defeats were against some of the country’s top clubs with Newcastle putting up an admirable fight each time.
Next up is Wolves at home; a fixture, while far from easy, could serve as a platform for a down-the-stretch surge should the Magpies get it right. In his his latest Newcastle prediction, Chris Sutton expects that winning feeling to return to Tyneside with a 1-0 victory.
Here is his prediction in full:
Newcastle need to get back on track after five games without a win in all competitions, but they have not scored for 315 minutes now and that lack of bite is their biggest problem.
They created some chances against Manchester City last week, but they really need someone to start putting them away if they are going to stay in the hunt for a top-four place.
I don’t think Eddie Howe’s side are feeling sorry for themselves, because they are still playing well up until the final third. Their fans are proud of their efforts this season and will really get behind them here too, which will help.
Wolves got a great win over Tottenham last week but they are not out of trouble yet. They will make life difficult for Newcastle but I am still going for a home win – albeit a very narrow one.
This outcome would be welcomed with open arms by the Toon Army. It would be the first win since the second leg of the league cup semi-final while also adding another clean sheet to the season tally.
The primary concern as Sutton rightly asserts is the goal drought. Newcastle have not breached an opposition’s defense since the 1-1 draw at Bournemouth almost one month ago. That has to change or the disappointment will continue.
Eddie Howe may once again alter his lineup to try and spark the attack. Last week it was Anthony Gordon in for Saint-Maximin but to no avail. Howe could pull Callum Wilson for Alexander Isak, who has provided sparks off the bench recently.
There is still plenty of time left in the campaign for a second wind. The Wembley final and the difficult recent schedule have compounded frustrations. There is reason to believe the joy can return on Sunday.
174 comments so far
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:04 PMComment #1
Top of the food chain
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:04 PMComment #2
1-1 on sunday
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:05 PMComment #3
That’s a spoiler ladies and gentlemen not a prediction
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:05 PMComment #4
EiEiEiO Down the premier league we go
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:06 PMComment #5
Hey callum wilson… hoo haa ..tell us howwww.. you missed that goal
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:06 PMComment #6
Toon Toon Army
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:07 PMComment #7
Snow on the Tyne is all mine all mine
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:08 PMComment #8
Our manager is Eddieeeeeee.. he doesnt have a Plan Beeeeeeee
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:10 PMComment #9
Tell rajs maa rajs maa he doesnt want his teeeaaaa.. He just wants his dummyyyy
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:12 PMComment #10
If Eddie doesn’t make a few changes on Sunday he’s clearly stubborn
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:14 PMComment #11
Time to go 343
Lascelles Botman Burn
Trippier Longstaff Bruno Targett
Asm wilson Isak
Or 3412 asm behind wilson isak
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:14 PMComment #12
That ladies and gentlemen is a plan B
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:16 PMComment #13
Too many ins and outs could disrupt squad harmony so getting balance right will be difficult
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:18 PMComment #14
Priority should be
1 left back
1 centre forward
1 defensive mid
1 creative midfielder
Even though we need more for squad harmony 4 should be fine then 1 or 2 in January
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:20 PMComment #15
Linekar is just writing his opinion why are bbc getting involved. Personally the country should send boat people back to their own countries straight away. Not sure why thats difficult and why they need to go Rwanda
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:21 PMComment #16
So much for manure getting tired in Europa league and struggling in cup final. They beat us easy
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:21 PMComment #17
Where are all the bloggers who said we were winning cup?
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:22 PMComment #18
When was the open bus parade?
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:22 PMComment #19
Did the cult steal the trophy?
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:23 PMComment #20
Has the cult kidnapped everyone?
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:23 PMComment #21
Is the cult leader anally probing everyone?
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:24 PMComment #22
Is toon fans bad assisting with the probe? His tongue being used as a tool
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:25 PMComment #23
Is Scotty beaming everyone up?
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:26 PMComment #24
Is the home planet an oil rig?
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:27 PMComment #25
Has everyone volunteered to change light bulbs for charity?
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:28 PMComment #26
Let’s stop the madness
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:28 PMComment #27
Steve Bruce did well with Birmingham signing Duggary
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:28 PMComment #28
Should have know ass ass inc would escape
Fenham to Chalfont
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:29 PMComment #29
Ap/Jedi/freak what a Gimp you are. Get a life or a job. Absolute freak!!!!!!
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:30 PMComment #30
Ap wow wow what an unbeaten run mate, have you blocked everyone Ap 😀 😀 😀
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:31 PMComment #31
Wolves is not going to be easy, Newcastle at home will help but Wolves could cause another upset if we are not careful.
I’m still going for the win but with fingers crossed.
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:31 PMComment #32
Guess probing 2 asses was difficult only way you could get away
Fenham to Chalfont
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:32 PMComment #33
I think we will get back to winning ways against Wolves.
2-0 to the toon
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:32 PMComment #34
Magicmac i was getting worried i was only one left in this world 😀
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:32 PMComment #35
Very impressive sliding tackle there young man 😀 😀
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:33 PMComment #36
Army must have rescued everyone. Hopefully cult is nomore
Fenham to Chalfont
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:34 PMComment #37
I also think Wilson will start and bag a goal. He needs it as it will do his confidence a load of good. It’s needed for him to kick on.
I’d start Isak personally but Eddie seems to be keeping him back for some reason.
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:35 PMComment #38
Ap we could never leave you all alone in this big bad evil world mate 😀 😀
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:35 PMComment #39
Dene dene dene fatman fatman fenham.. Jelly belly is back
Mar 9, 2023 at 6:35 PMComment #40