No doubt Rafa Benitez will be having a word in the ear of Jonjo Shelvey before Saturday’s match kicks off.

Then just as predictably, the Wolves fans will be ready for the Newcastle playmaker once he steps onto the pitch.

Jonjo Shelvey faced Wolves only three days after the incident which produced the eventual ban – but when that League Cup match took place at St James Park, neither Newcastle nor Wolves supporters knew that there was trouble brewing.

At Molineux this weekend though, Wolves legend Steve Bull predicts that the home fans will be making up for it.

The former striker believing that the back story to the game will help produce a ‘raucous atmosphere’.

When it comes to the actual match, Steve Bull thinks Wolves can win but they need consistency.

Only seven days after winning at Anfield in the FA Cup, Wolves then lost at relegation strugglers Burton.

As for Steve Bull, any Newcastle fans of a certain age will recall New Year’s Day 1990, St James Park witnessing a 4-1 home defeat and Bully scored all four.

Hopefully any surprises on Saturday will be positive ones.

Steve Bull talking to the Express and Star:

“I can’t wait for the Newcastle game on Saturday.

“The league leaders are coming to town and it’ll be a big crowd and a great atmosphere.

“I think the fans have got a big part to play.

“There’s the Jonjo Shelvey narrative and I’m sure he’ll get plenty of stick – but if the fans give the lads a big push and create that raucous atmosphere then sometimes as a player it’s as good as a goal.

“They really can make a big difference.

“Three points would be great in the week we said goodbye to my good friend Rachael Heyhoe Flint.

“Who knows what will happen for the rest of the season.

“It can still go either way but the players have got to be realistic. Can they win four or five in a row and start chasing the play-offs?

“I’d love to see them do it but they’ve to perform week after week, not just for one game here or there.”