With us entering another weekend of Premier League football and edging closer to Sunday’s crucial clash with Wolves, the usual suspects have released their latest round of predictions.
Interestingly, not one of Charlie Nicholas (Sky Sports), Mark Lawrenson (BBC) or Michael Owen (BT Sport) have backed us to lose this one, with two predicting a draw and the other saying we’ll win. Hopefully this a positive sign and not an ominous one – not that many fans would be happy with a point.
Here’s what all three have had to say during their prediction pieces, starting with Sky Sports’ Charlie Nicholas:
“I watched the Wolves game last week and it was the same problem as last season. They play well against the bigger teams and then struggle against the likes of Southampton, who defend deep and make it very awkward for them.
“Wolves need to get it down and feed it into the partnerships. We expect more quality with what we are seeing from them at the moment.
“Meanwhile, Newcastle have the stress and strain of whether they attack or counter-attack, which is more of what they are used to. The supporters would prefer them to have a go, with Joelinton and Miguel Almiron, who has the pace and energy but cannot score goals. Do they commit to going for it, or do they just rely on the Longstaff brothers?
“Steve Bruce will know he has to be careful. Newcastle are better deployed sitting in and are better suited playing two up front but they cannot really do that, so it will be another struggle of a game.”
CHARLIE PREDICTS: Newcastle 1-1 Wolves
Nicholas clearly doesn’t think it’ll be pretty, expecting this to be ‘another struggle of a game’ that will see us come away with a point.
Now to Mark Lawrenson, who’s outlook is a little more positive from a Newcastle United perspective – even if he’s only *just* expecting us to get the job done.
Here’s what he’s had to say in his weekly piece for the BBC, backing Wolves to suffer after their Thursday night excursions in the Europa League:
“Wolves had not won any of their first four games on a Sunday this season, then they went and won at Manchester City after their longest trip in the Europa League, to Turkey to play Besiktas.
“They go to Slovakia before they go to St James’ Park, where they grabbed a controversial late win against 10 men on their last visit, in December 2018.
“Newcastle owe them one, and I think they will come out on top here – just.”
Lawro’s prediction: Newcastle 2-1 Wolves
The opening line is an interesting if not confusing one. Wolves have generally struggled to win on a Sunday after competing in the Europa League, but THAT result at Man City almost knocks that stat on the head. That said, will they be as up for this one as they were at the Etihad a few weeks ago?
Finally, here’s what Michael Owen’s told Bet Victor during his prediction for Sunday’s game:
“Newcastle continue to struggle for goals – five in nine league games – but they are fast becoming a very difficult side to beat, and they did gain a famous win against Manchester United in their last home game.
“Wolves are in Bratislava in the Europa League on Thursday and fatigue may be a factor for the Molineux outfit who may be happy to come away from St James’ Park with a hard-earned point.“
Owen’s prediction: Draw.
So, Nicholas and Owen are expecting draws, while Lawro is backing us to beat Wolves.
How do you see it panning out?