After a poor start to their 2018/19 Premier league campaign Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle have found some form. Wolverhampton on the other hand have faded after a superb start although they do come into this game off the back of a midweek win over Chelsea. Form Labs return with their betting preview and tips for the clash and don’t forget to check out our great selection of enhanced odds for the Premier League and all of Europe’s top leagues.
Wolves Midweek Winners Over Chelsea
The visitors produced a great comeback against Chelsea to inflict a second defeat on them within two weeks, having previously remained unbeaten this term. Maurizio Sarri’s team have encountered a slight sticky patch and although they were in control of that game up until the equalizer went in, it shouldn’t be forgotten that Wolves had lost five of six winless games prior to that.
Newcastle Moving Up
Newcastle managed their own run of six defeats from seven winless matches earlier in the season, though they faced a daunting schedule with each of the teams that beat them currently residing in the top half of the table.
They’ve since gone W3-D2-L1 over their last six, with that sole defeat coming against a West Ham team with their tails up having now scored six times across their last two matches – winning both. Having managed a stalemate away at Everton last time out, the Magpies will be confident they can put their early season woes behind them – at least on the field.
Matt Ritchie Returns
Matt Ritchie missed that most recent clash with the Toffees and will return to the starting line-up here. That’s important for Newcastle as they’ve lost six of eight winless matches where he’s been absent from the starting XI since the beginning of last season, as they’ve failed to net more than once in any of these games and only five times in total.
Compare that to their recent form where they’ve won three of the last four he’s started – against Watford, Bournemouth and Burnley – and his significance begins to crystalize.
Newcastle v Wolves Betting Tips
There’s not an awful lot to split these teams, but one thing that has been consistent in the recent matches of both teams is early goals. Indeed, Newcastle’s last four have seen them open the scoring on three occasions as they netted in the 7th, 4th and 19th minutes against Bournemouth, Burnley and Everton respectively, while the Hammers drew first blood with an 11th minute strike.
Moreover, Wolves have found the first of the game in the 13th and 18th minutes against Arsenal and Cardiff, while conceding in the 6th and 18th minutes against Huddersfield and Chelsea. All eight of those games saw a strike inside 20 minutes, while Wolves’ previous game against Spurs saw the opener in the 27th minute. With that in mind, we fancy a small punt on a goal inside the opening half hour.
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