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 10, 2023 at 9:50 AMComment #161
i think the injuries have hampered isak being integrated into the team
i think if he had a full preseason and been fit he would be in the team now
howe also alluded to the fact that new young players that get injured early at a new club can struggle mentally what with being in a new country and that
for me i just think we have invested alot in him and wrapping him up a little to make sure he is ok
The overrated Frenchman
Mar 10, 2023 at 9:51 AMComment #162
Players can become fatigued if they are overtrained.
Mar 10, 2023 at 9:54 AMComment #163
Bruno is the one player I feel quite confident won’t be looking to move for a while. He genuinely seems to love it here and seems pretty settled. He knows he’s a star here and somewhere like Chelsea he’d just be another name in a sea of ‘big players’. He seems to understand it’s a project here and willing to be along for that journey, he spoke very well and highly of how happy he is here at that award ceremony recently.
I’m hoping he doesn’t get itchy feet anytime soon anyway!
A Geordie Mongrel
Mar 10, 2023 at 9:57 AMComment #164
Morning all, I confess to ducking out when AP got going last night. Just like I would leave a pub if the local boor got going and the landlord did nothing. In our case the landlord is many time zones away but I’m sure the writing is on the wall for Mort/Jedi/AP. Sparky gave sound advice last night, a reaction is what he craves. The more we react the worse he/she gets.
Jail, I saw the comments he made regarding your Mam. I’m sure he thinks he was making a funny joke in the name of banter. If you felt it was a personal attack on your family then it’s up to you to deal with it. As Fenham/Assassin’s/Regan/Taco/others and yourself has found, if you respond you become a target and the blog becomes a heavy read.
My advice is to stick to what we know best, our love for the Toon and our varying knowledge of football. Dr Ed and Neil will take whatever action they deem fit.
Mar 10, 2023 at 9:59 AMComment #165
Adam – #160
” I reckon Wolves may be Wilsons last chance to impress before he gets hooked for Isak in the starting 11.”
I agree Adam and I would imagine Callum Wilson understands the situation as well.
Mar 10, 2023 at 10:03 AMComment #166
A Geordie mongrel..
Sound advice mate and taken on board..
Mar 10, 2023 at 10:15 AMComment #167
AGM – #165
I agree with everything you say until I get to the last sentence.
” Dr Ed and Neil will take whatever action they deem fit.”
You quite correctly said “the landlord is many time zones away”; they obviously can’t monitor the Blog 24/7 so they need some help to keep it going on a reasonable basis.
Unfortunately “ducking out” means the Blog is taken over by individuals and eventually everyone “ducks out” and the Blog closes down.
There is a reporting system available to help the “landlord” but it only works if folk use it.
A Geordie Mongrel
Mar 10, 2023 at 10:16 AMComment #168
I loved Collina as a referee, even more so now. I really hope this becomes a reality quickly. Premier League players will stop time-wasting with new Fifa rules – Pierluigi Collina – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/64908229
Mar 10, 2023 at 10:23 AMComment #169
They’re a troll and a bad one at that. They only want attention and reactions, ignore and they’ll get bored 🙂 AGM very sound advice!
Raj of Hailsley
Mar 10, 2023 at 10:24 AMComment #170
I don’t think he deserves another chance and I hope Eddie H doesn’t either, he’s not been at the races for a long time now with absolutely no explanation, I think we should cash in on him in the summer.
A Geordie Mongrel
Mar 10, 2023 at 10:25 AMComment #171
Ronway, that’s a very good point. Duly noted. Mobile users may not be aware of the contact form. Fair play to you for mentioning it, appreciate it. 🙂
Lee Charnley Bunga Party
Mar 10, 2023 at 10:31 AMComment #172
The thing with Wilson it’s not just the lack of finishing but his overall play is terrible
He was never the best at hold up play or winning headers but he just seems attracted to the big centre half in the oppositon because he won’t run the channels etc and he just gets dominated by the defender also
The way we also play doesn’t really help him because we pass pass pass then Trippier floats a slow cross in what’s he meant to do with that? Let’s change it up the service also
Raj of Hailsley
Mar 10, 2023 at 10:33 AMComment #173
Yes, I understand it’s very easy to ignore when you’re not the target.
Raj of Hailsley
Mar 10, 2023 at 10:36 AMComment #174
Bang on cue, twitter releases this.