Preview - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Newcastle United 12 February 19

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Match Day 26
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Newcastle United
Tuesday, February 12th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Molineux Stadium

Wolverhampton Wanderers: 
Last five matches form: L L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.32
Average goals against per match: 1.28
Top Scorer: Raul Jiménez (9)

Newcastle United:
Last five matches form: L L W W L
Average goals per match: 0.84
Average goals against per match: 1.32
Top Scorer: Salomón Rondón (6)

Whatever happens from here on in Wolves have certainly shown they firmly belong in this division. Whilst fellow promoted sides Cardiff City and Fulham currently reside inside the relegation zone, Wolves are riding high up in seventh, with only the traditional "big six" above them. A fine effort. Next up for Nuno Espirito Santo's men it's the visit of relegation battling Newcastle United in the last of the Match Day 26 fixtures.

Wolves came out on top in the reverse of this fixture when nicking a goal with just about the last touch of the game to claim a 2-1 victory at St. James' Park. Newcastle won 1-0 on their most recent visit here in the 2016/17 Championship season, but that was against a vastly different Wolves side to this.

Both sides have injury concerns - with Newcastle in particular facing a raft of late fitness tests. No confirmed absentees for either side at present though. Record signing Miguel Almiron is expected to at least be part of Newcastle's match day squad.

Having recently beaten Leicester City, West Ham United and Everton, Wolves will be looking to win four consecutive games for the first time this season here. Miles too good for West Ham here last time out, Wolves have been solid if unspectacular at home overall in winning six of thirteen to date.

We know what to expect from Newcastle away from home now. Everyone behind the ball and looking to hit on the counter. It has its critics but is a strategy which has seen the Magpies avoid defeat in seven of thirteen on the road.

Wolves are dangerous on the counter, but may find such opportunities in short supply here. Newcastle created two or three good chances at Spurs last week and are fancied to stifle the home side and come away with at least a point.

Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 - 1 Newcastle United


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  22 - 9
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 13 - 1
Possession: 60% - 40%

Dioga Jota was the only player booked for the home side. Referee Graham Scott also took the names of Matt Ritchie, Fabian Schar and Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle.

This wasn't quite the usual backs to the wall stuff from Newcastle as the aimed to play higher up the pitch and match the Wolves formation. It was a strategy which very nearly worked too. Whilst it can't really be argued that Wolves didn't deserve a point from looking at the stats, the manner in which they achieved that point was by turns late, dramatic and controversial.

There wasn't much in it all in the first half, as whether they were out of sorts or simply cancelled out by the Magpies, Wolves were never really able to find their stride, with few chances of note at either end. 0-0 at the break.

It was then the Magpies who took the lead in the 56th minute. Fabian Scar advancing on goal and shaping to shoot only to instead slip in Isaac Hayden in the right of the area. Hayden firing hard towards the near post and seeming to catch Rui Patricio off guard as the keeper could only parry the ball into his own net,

Newcastle continued to look dangerous on the counter at times, and having withstood a barrage of corner kicks and pressure appeared all set to pick up what would be a huge three points as we headed deep into stoppage time.

Then in the fifth minute of additional time Adama Traoré lofted in a hopeful cross from the right which dropped down just under the crossbar at the far post. Martin Dubravka ought to have been stronger and perhaps could have punched the ball to safety - but did look to have Wily Boly's arms around his neck at the time. The referee saw no foul though as Boly nodded home. Heartbreak for the travelling toon army. 1-1 final score.

Wolves stay seventh. Newcastle move up to 16th but are still only a point above the relegation zone in what looks set to be another tense run in.

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