Desperate to make a return to winning ways after playing out a 0-0 draw against Manchester United in the FA Cup last weekend, Wolves will turn their attention back to Premier League duties when they welcome Newcastle to Molineux on Saturday afternoon.
While the Oranges might still be flirting with the European spots, Nuno Espírito Santo’s men have been hit with back-to-back top-flight defeats, including a shock 2-1 loss away at relegation scrappers Watford on New Year’s Day.
On the flip side, Saturday’s hosts are not the only team who could only muster an FA Cup replay last week and find themselves in the midst of a rut.
Being held by League One outfit Rochdale on the road last time out, Newcastle have now lost their last three straight Premier League matches on the bounce and have a growing reputation for their struggles away from St. James’ Park.
However, with the two sides playing out back-to-back 1-1 draws in their previous top-flight meetings, you might be interested to know that an identical scoreline can be found at 10/1 with Bet365.
Signs of fatigue at Molineux?
After playing out what eventually turned out to be a lacklustre stalemate against Manchester United last weekend, Wolves’ marathon season has continued and they could be showing some signs of fatigue.
Already playing 36 matches across all competitions this campaign, more than any other side in England’s top-tier, many around Molineux have started to worry that their hectic schedule could catch up to them.
Winning just two of their last six Premier League appearances, there is no doubt that Head Coach Nuno Espírito Santo will have a growing headache over his side’s issues at the back.
While the likes of Adama Traoré might be enjoying a standout campaign in the Midlands and linked with some of Europe’s top teams, the Oranges have recorded just a single clean sheet in any of their last 13 top-flight outings.
Also recording just a single Premier League clean sheet at Molineux since the end of September, you might be interested to know that Saturday’s hosts can be found at 5/6 with 888Sport to have their defence breached again this weekend.
Newcastle’s slump continues
While a stellar run of form in December may have seen Newcastle shock many in the Premier League, the Magpies have since come crashing back down to earth after only managing to snatch an FA Cup replay off of League One outfit Rochdale last weekend.
Losing their top half status after a run of form that has seen them lose each of their last three top-flight matchups, Steve Bruce’s side were also hit with a 3-0 hammering against Leicester on New Year’s Day.
Now recording just a single victory in any of their previous six appearances across all competitions, much like Saturday’s hosts, the one-time Sunderland boss will also be concerned by his side’s issues at the back.
Along with shipping a trio of strikes against the Foxes at St. James’ Park last week, fans around the Toon have seen their side ship nine goals on their three-match losing run.
You might be interested to know that Newcastle can be found pencilled in at 9/4 with Paddy Power to suffer a similar fate and once again be hit with over 2.5 goals on the road this weekend.