Free tips Championship: Wolves v Newcastle Match Preview and Betting Tips (5.30pm, Saturday)
Championship leaders Newcastle United travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers in Saturday’s late second tier kick-off. With the hosts blighted by inconsistency all season long, they will be hopeful they can once again produce their best football against the highest level opposition. We take you through our predictions and betting tips for the early-evening clash at Molineux.
Wolves v Newcastle match prediction
Draw 5/2 – Betway
Specific Wolves v Newcastle bet prediction
Helder Costa anytime scorer 4/1 – 888Sport
Wolves v Newcastle Past meetings
Meetings between these sides have been sparse over the years; prior to this season, they had not clashed at all over the previous four seasons and before 2010, they had met only twice in 32 years.
However, the two have already gone head-to-head twice this season – both games at St. James’s Park within the space of four days in September, as Newcastle avenged their surprise 2-0 league defeat with a victory by the scoreline in the League Cup.
The league meeting was the Midlands side best result of their league campaign to date – bettered only by their FA Cup victories at Stoke and Liverpool – and was their first victory over the Magpies in 39 years.
Wolves v Newcastle Stats
No Championship team has won a great number of points on the road compared to their home form this season than Wolves (5 more points away than at home), perfectly illustrating their strengths and weaknesses so far this campaign. Only Wigan Athletic have won fewer points at home than Paul Lambert’s side and unless they start picking up points at Molineux quickly they could yet be dragged into a relegation dogfight.
Unfortunately for Wolves, no side has picked up more points on the road (31) than Newcastle this season – winning 10 of their 14 away fixtures. However, a recent 3-0 FA Cup loss at Oxford caused mini alarm bells to ring on Tyneside, and they’ve only won one of their last five on the road in all competitions.
Wolves v Newcastle Team News
Wolves have long-term injury absentee Michael Zyro unavailable (torn knee ligament) while full-back Matt Doherty is a booking away from suspension, but otherwise have a fully fit squad available.
Rafael Benitez will likely be without Rolando Aarons (Achilles tendon), Vurnon Anita (ankle) and Dwight Gayle (ankle) for their trip.
Reason for Wolves v Newcastle bets
Looking over the course of the season, Wolves home form is poor and Newcastle are great on their travels, but more recently the picture is more blurred.
The Midlands club have improved since Lambert’s November appointment and whilst still inconsistent, are excellent on the counter-attack and this will likely be deployed again at home to the Magpies, who will be eager for all three points.
Wolves spirits will be high from recent results while after some shaky performances and an underwhelming January transfer window, Newcastle are a little more anxious now than a few months ago, with 5/2 offering terrific value for a stalemate.
Helder Costa became Wolves’ record signing for £13m a week ago after impressing on a loan spell with Benfica, and also had stints with Deportivo and Monaco. Is the club’s top scorer with ten goals in all competitions – including the most recent game at Burton – and odds of 4/1 of him finding the net on Saturday are difficult to turn down.