Newcastle have a chance to leap Liverpool in the league table with a win against Wolves. The Magpies sit sixth just one point behind the Reds who tumbled 1-0 at Bournemouth on Saturday.
Eddie Howe remains confident Newcastle can end their mini-skid. Victories have been in short supply in 2023 but this match at St. James’ Park represents an excellent chance to get back to winning ways.
This is the team I am predicting Howe will name for the late afternoon clash. It has three changes from the Manchester City defeat with Joe Willock in for the suspended Joelinton, Matt Targett in for Dan Burn, and Fabian Schar back in for Jamaal Lascelles.
The squad currently is in good shape fitness-wise. Only Emil Krafth and Harrison Ashby have been ruled out through injury. Wolves have a few more injury concerns though will still be able to field a formidable eleven.
Emil Krafth (knee), Harrison Ashby (hamstring), Joelinton (suspended)
Sasa Kalajdzic (knee), (knee), Hugo Bueno (hamstring), Diego Costa (knee), Chiquinho (knee), Hee-Chan Hwang (hamstring – fitness test), Boubacar Traore (groin – fitness test)
The poll for this one shows fans are confident that today will be the day the string of poor results snaps. Over 70% are predicting a win; a result that would put Newcastle back into the Champions League discussion.