Pundits Mark Lawrenson and Michael Owen are predicting contrasting results ahead of today’s trip to Wolves.
Wolves go into the game fresh off a 1-0 victory on the road at Leeds United whereas we head into the clash after capitulating in a 4-1 defeat to Man United last Saturday.
A common theme is that neither pundit believes we are going to score a goal, which is reflective of the general narrative most people have when they think about Newcastle United these days. That said, Owen things we’ll be ‘hard to break’ down and come away with a 0-0 draw, while Lawrenson backs Wolves to come away with a comfortable 2-0 win.
Here is what the pair had to say ahead of Sunday’s fixture:
“Wolves were very good at Leeds on Monday. They understood exactly what Leeds were about, and matched them, but looked really dangerous on the counter-attack too. It was a tight game but Wolves did enough to win it and they are clearly a very good side.
“I like the way they are set up.
“They will probably create more chances on Sunday and I don’t see Newcastle keeping them out.”
Prediction: Wolves 2-0 Newcastle
“Wolves come into their home match against Newcastle after a good win on the road against Leeds on Monday night.
“It was an even game for much of the contest, and I think a similar match could be played out here.
“I think United will be hard to break down and can see them taking a point back up to Newcastle.”
Prediction: Wolves 0-0 Newcastle
Since Wolves got battered 4-0 off West Ham three weeks ago they have slowly begun to rediscover their form – picking up a couple of 1-0 wins in the league to climb up to sixth in the table.
You can expect us to go there with the intention not to lose and try to nick a goal up the other end when we can, a style of play we have become so accustomed to over the last three years.
I expect Wolves’ pressure to eventually pay off and for them to beat us by the same scoreline that they beat Fulham and Leeds by, although nothing would surprise me with Newcastle as we have had some decent results at Molineux over the years.
Charlie’s prediction: Wolves 1-0