It is Newcastle v Wolves this afternoon and Mark Lawrenson has been looking at the match.
An interesting one as Newcastle have a chance to break away a bit from the current seven club relegation pack and put themselves only three points behind 13th place Wolves.
A home victory would put Rafa’s team six points clear of the relegation spots and with a far better goal difference.
With 11 points from the last six matches, Newcastle are one of the form clubs, indeed a win today would see Newcastle join West Ham as a club with the fourth best recent form over the last six games, as it would mean four victories and a draw for Rafa’s team.
The hype was very much fading for a Wolves side who had picked up just one point from their last 18, only for Wolves to beat Chelsea in midweek despite falling a goal behind.
Mark Lawrenson wonders if this shows they have got over their ‘wobble’ as they now face a Newcastle side in ‘decent form’ recently.
If Newcastle could win, it would have been an interesting week for the Premier League and arguably a very good advert for it, if a trio of matches eventually shows…Wolves beat Chelsea 2-1, Chelsea beat Man City 2-0, then Newcastle beat Wolves…
In which case Newcastle would ‘obviously’ be better than Man City of recent form!
Mark Lawrenson goes for the easy option of a 1-1 draw between the two sides. However, despite the recent upturn in form, this is a game where Newcastle could really do with three points, as along with the games away at Huddersfield and then home to Fulham, points need to be stacked up before playing league leaders Liverpool on Boxing Day, which starts a sequence of playing five of the ‘big six’ in the space of seven games.
Newcastle have had some tough matches at home but six defeats from eight is pretty shocking. Rafa’s team weren’t great last season at St James Park but still lost only seven at home over the course of the whole season.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“Wolves have had a wobble but I wonder if they have turned a corner after their fightback to beat Chelsea on Wednesday.
“Newcastle picked up a good point at Everton on the same night, to get back on track a bit after their home defeat by West Ham at the weekend.
“Apart from that result against the Hammers, Newcastle have been in decent form for the past few weeks, and I think they will get another draw here.
“Prediction is Newcastle 1 Wolves 1.”
The BBC Sport guest making predictions this week is boxer Josh Warrington, the IBF world featherweight champion, he is also a big Leeds fan:
“Wolves were dynamite last season in the Championship and they have played some entertaining football so far up in Premier League.
“Newcastle are another inconsistent team so I am going for another draw here. 2-2.”
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