Live on Sky: Newcastle vs Wolves preview
Watch Newcastle vs Wolves live from 1pm on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 2pm. Match highlights available shortly after full-time on the Sky Sports website and app
Last Updated: 26/10/19 9:49pm
Team news, key stats and prediction ahead of Newcastle vs Wolves, live on Super Sunday.
Newcastle will be without Andy Carroll and Fabian Schar for Sunday's Premier League clash. Injury-plagued striker Carroll is out with a groin strain, while central defender Schar has a knee problem, although neither is expected to be out for long.
Isaac Hayden completes a three-match ban, but fellow midfielder Matt Ritchie is back in training after recovering from an ankle injury and defender Florian Lejeune is also closing in on a return from knee ligament damage.
Ryan Bennett is expected to sit out for Wolves. The defender missed the 2-1 win at Slovan Bratislava on Thursday after injuring his groin against Southampton last weekend.
Forward Pedro Neto (hamstring) remains sidelined for Nuno Espirito Santo's side and defender Jesus Vallejo could return to the squad after being left out of the 18 in Slovakia while midfielder Ruben Neves may be recalled.
Wolves also suffered a late blow ahead of the match when defender Willy Boly suffered a serious ankle injury in training on Saturday and he did not travel to St James' Park with the rest of the squad.
How to watch
Newcastle vs Wolves is live on Super Sunday from 1pm; kick-off 2pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.
- Newcastle have only lost one of their eight Premier League meetings with Wolves (W2 D5), with both wins against them coming in 2011 under Alan Pardew (April and October).
- Wolves scored a 90th minute goal in both league meetings with Newcastle last season, with those goals earning them a 2-1 win at St James' Park and a 1-1 draw at Molineux.
- Although only two teams have collected fewer home points in the Premier League this season than Newcastle (5), the Magpies have conceded fewer home goals than any other side (2).
- Newcastle haven't scored more than once in any of their last nine Premier League games (five goals), last having a longer run between February and April 2015 under John Carver (10 games).
- Since the start of last season, Raúl Jiménez has been involved in 25 Premier League goals for Wolves (16 goals, 9 assists), 10 more than any other player.
- 12 of Wolves' last 14 Premier League goals have been scored in the second half of games - they have scored in the first half of just two of their last 11 Premier League matches (two goals).
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: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)
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