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Newcastle United v Wolves

10 years ago

Newcastle United v Wolves
Saturday 25 February 2012 3pm 

Saturday sees a welcome return to action for Newcastle United, I don’t know about you but it seems ages since we had a match. Maybe I have just wanted to erase that Spurs match from my memory, making it a three week rather than two week gap, which is bad enough.

Early in the season I thought it was a very comfortable 2-1 with only a late home rally getting a few people a little over excited.

It was also a bit of a collector’s item as United actually scored from a corner! Unfortunately (or rather, fortunately), I couldn’t find any odds at BET365 on Newcastle scoring from a corner this time.

While Alan Pardew has a few welcome decisions to make as Tiote, Cabaye and Ryan Taylor all should be available again, (currently) managerless Wolves also welcome back our old mate clogger Karl Henry from suspension, while Bassong is likely to recover from last week’s knock. Really rated him at Newcastle but Spurs look to have messed up his career as he’s struggled for chances.

While a new manager (shame Steve Bruce hasn’t signed up with them yet  for the comedy value) tends to give a positive bounce factor, I’m pretty sure that stats on managerless clubs’ results will be anything but.

With Tiote and Cabaye back in the heart of the action in support of our promising strike partnership, there will be no excuses if Newcastle don’t make this one count.

Having said that no match in this league is ever easy…which is kind of proved by Wolves unbeaten in four on their travels including draws against both Spurs and Arsenal. Failing to keep a clean sheet in their last 22 premier matches warns you off a scoreless draw but the visitors goals statistics away from home of 11 scored and 21 conceded suggest a win for United but not by a lot.

You might not get rich this week with our tips but we think there is still decent value in a game United are expected to win comfortably. Our first pick is Cissé to score the first goal at 5-1, having now had a chance to acclimatise and also pop back over to Germany to collect his clothes, including his lucky boxer shorts.

We also like the look of a 2-0 win for Newcastle at 7-1, while again with Wolves scoring few away goals we are going for United to win AND keep a clean sheet which is 7-4. All prices at time of writing available at BET365, though prices may fluctuate between now and match day.


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