Wolves played out a goalless draw in the FA Cup third round at the weekend hosting Man United as they exit the busy festive period. Now their attention must turn back to the league as the play at home again, this time against Steve Bruce’s Newcastle.
The Magpies endured a rocky start to life under Bruce, though they faced tough opposition early on and it seemed they were turning a corner as they entered November, winning four of six matches and a 2-2 draw with the reigning champions in the middle of that run, as well as a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture of this one just prior to that.
However, the spell was short lived as they’ve now picked up just three points from a possible 15, while their work doesn’t exactly lighten up for this one.
The hosts sit seventh in the table, losing just three of their last 16 games though thankfully for Newcastle those defeats have all come in their last five.
Two came against ‘Big Six’ opposition in Liverpool and Spurs, while the other came against a rejuvenated Watford side under the management of Nigel Pearson, all of whom are looking better than Newcastle at the moment so Wolves should be confident here and a home victory looks to be on the cards.
However, the odds have more than accustomed for that and at such a short price they’re not worth backing considering their form.
Under 2.5 First Half Goals
Only four of Wolves 21 fixtures this season have been settled by more than a single strike as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men like to do things the hard way, while the Magpies’ chances of getting anything here rely heavily on the availability of Allan Saint-Maximin.
The dynamic forward is arguably the most influential players in their side, as they’ve gone W6-D2-L2 and 14 goals with him in the starting lineup, while they’re just W1-D2-L8 and just six strikes without the Frenchman.
He’ll be touch and go for this one, but to play it safe we like the look of the Asian Handicap for the Tyneside outfit.
Newcastle +1 Asian Handicap
Interestingly, Wolves have taken their time to get going this season with them drawing a first half blank in 15 of their 21 matches, while Newcastle have also struggled for early output, meaning that these sides have now only scored one first half goal in the last 450 combined minutes on the field, and the 0-0 half time score looks a good proposition.
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