Ahead of the game today, Match of The Day commentator Conor McNamara has been analysing the Newcastle v Wolves game.

Rafa Benitez’ team looking to build on three wins and two draws in the last six games and move further away from the relegation zone.

Wolves have picked up only four points from their last seven games, though got a much-needed boost when beating Chelsea in midweek.

Conor McNamara makes the point that despite only two places separating the clubs, Wolves have had far more praise.

They have also been heavily praised for their attacking play whilst Rafa Benitez has at times been slaughtered for supposedly been too negative, yet today’s visitors have only scored three more goals than the Magpies (15 v 12).

Last season Newcastle were excellent at set-pieces, both attacking and defending them.

The Match of The Day man pointing out that this is an area where Rafa’s team are surprisingly really struggling, conceding more goals from set-pieces than any other PL club.

Indeed, exactly half (10 of 20) have been conceded by NUFC in this way.

Another interesting fact picked out is that Newcastle have scored nine of their 12 goals in the first half. A strange statistic as most clubs normally score more after half-time in general terms, maybe suggesting stamina isn’t Newcastle’s greatest asset?

Match of The Day commentator’s notes:

Conor McNamara:

Wolves are rightly admired for their attacking verve, yet they have only scored three league goals more than Newcastle.

Although there is a huge gulf in the praise doled out to these teams, there are only two places between them in the table.

Newcastle’s set-piece defending again failed them in midweek as Everton’s equaliser came from a corner.

“They have now conceded a league-high 10 set-piece goals and need to rectify that and quick.

“Wolves enjoyed one of their best results of the campaign against Chelsea on Wednesday, and Diogo Jota’s first Premier League goal could be the start of a return to form for last season’s top scorer.”

Killer Facts:

Newcastle have never lost in six previous Premier League matches against Wolves, winning two and drawing four.

Wolves are winless in 15 top-flight matches away to Newcastle, losing 10 of them, since a 4-3 victory in February 1959. However, Wolves won 2-0 on their last league visit to St. James’ Park, in the Championship in September 2016.

Newcastle have lost six of their opening eight home league games, which is a joint-club record for this stage of the season.

Nine of the Magpies’ 12 league goals have been scored in the first half.

Newcastle are one of three teams, along with Brighton and Burnley, not to have scored a league goal from outside the penalty area this season.

Rafael Benitez has not lost any of his 22 home Premier League matches against a promoted club, winning 16 of them.

Newcastle and Wolves are the only teams not to have had an English goalscorer this season.

  • Leazes.

    Quite selective in the ‘Killer Fact’ department ‘Graham’

    Here’s a killer fact for you Newcastle squad player average value is £6.25m
    Wolves average is £8.5m

    Anything can happen in an individual game but over the course of the season there won’t be a huge discrepancy between squad value and final league position….

    ….that’s why Rafa has a magic bus.


  • Philippines

    Gawd elp us from stupid and meaningless statistics.

  • Leazes.

    Sky Sports pundits and national journalists have reacted with cynicism to the news that Mike Ashley is on the verge of selling Newcastle United.

    Widespread disbelief….Pity the regional Journalists fell for it……

    • FatParosite

      The regionals are doing as they are told by Bishop.

  • 100% MAGS

    i think this time the takeover might go through but with the FCB Who Knows But We Can Hope At Least hwtl ⚫⚪

    • Leazes.

      HTL unless you are a Mackem…. no it won’t go through because its a PR stunt.

      • 100% MAGS

        it’s hwtl mate every toon fan uses hwtl and as for it not going through we’ll see leazes mate

        • Leazes.

          You are an idiot

          • 100% MAGS

            i know what i’m talking about leazes mate i have supported newcastle all of my life i think you should get the facts right before you speak mate

          • Leazes.

            how old are you… ten?

          • 100% MAGS

            get lost leazes mate this is why no one likes the mag site anymore because you’s fight against anybody that has an opinion of there own

          • Kneebotherm8

            You blocked your mate?….😂😂

  • FatParosite

    BBC’s coverage last night was nothing short of appalling. Mewing & fawning of Nuno, whilst resident makem gob$hite Waddle piled in with platitudes tells you all you need to know about the consistently out of touch BBC sports ringmasters.