Wolves fans could be forgiven for having thought their season was heading only one way.
After a decent start to the season where Phil Neville and one or two other ‘experts’ were claiming they were the best ever team promoted to the Premier League, suddenly the form went rapidly downhill.
Just the one point from six games had the media speculating about the manager being under threat, only for a midweek victory over Chelsea to calm things down.
The last time Wolves fans made the trip to St James Park for a league match, they marched off with all three points in September 2016. However, three days later Newcastle won a League Cup tie by the same scoreline.
That Championship defeat eventually became infamous as the match that brought a ban from Shelvey after Wolves midfielder Saiss was allegedly racially abused. Even after being found in the wrong, the Newcastle midfielder was still claiming his innocence.
Wolves fans wonder what will happen if the two are on the pitch once again today…
Before that though, many travelling supporters are clearly intent on enjoying the pubs of Newcastle as well as the sunshine over Tyneside we see today.
This could be a really good game but here’s hoping it is only positive memories of the pubs and sunshine that Wolves fans have, as they travel home tonight.
Wolves fans comment via their top Molineux Mix message board:
Early start for this one coaches leave a Molineux at 9:30. Going to be a looong day but let’s hope the boys in Old Gold make it worth it!
Those who stayed over last night, how was it? Will I need extra socks to keep me warm?!’
‘It’s a beautiful sunny day up here and it’s forecast to be sunny but cold all day long.
So hat, scarf, extra socks and sun glasses. By the time we kick off though it’ll be getting dark!’
‘Good morning to all the travelling wolf’s. Have a safe journey and bring home those precious 3 points.’
‘Anyone with a slight hint of vertigo beware. This ground is the highest I have watched football from in an away end.’
‘Had a lovely day yesterday, great town but was very busy, was windy & quite cold, am still in bed but it looks sunny.’
‘Just arrived, weather great. Enjoying a beer in The Quayside.’
‘Which pub(s) is everybody drinking in?’
‘Tyne Bar is brilliant if you’re staying overnight and don’t mind a walk.
We wobbled back from there down to the Bigg Market the night of the Zenga win. Probably my favourite away ground and town.’
‘Wylam brewery in the park behind the ground.’
‘Head to that big wetherspoons in the town. Stumbling distance to ground.’
‘Neves for Saiss is the obvious choice but Saiss played so well. But then do Newcastle have the same quality as Chelsea? It’ tough really. Think the big thing is Gibbs-White must start.’
‘I don’t think he will start Dendoncker even though I would like him to.
Neves in for me no matter with MG-W, and I think either one of Saiss or Mouts can be trusted to take up the third spot.
What we want is to take it to Newcastle and Neves offers that work-rate and tenacity that can help us get the 3 points there.’
‘Against Newcastle I think we will need to be better in possession as they get men behind the ball. Would be harsh on Saiss though as he did play well.’
‘Saiss will be after Shelvey after the racism row,
They say dont change a winning team, however we set up to contain Chelsea, Sunday will shall need to attack Newcastle.
Nuno over to you to earn your dosh.’
‘Traore and Costa have to be miles better than they were at Cardiff or we are stuffed today. Huge games for them.’
‘Banking on Newcastle continuing to playing cautiously.’
‘Traore starting is an interesting one. Could be a great move by Nuno as Newcastle lack pace, however Traore needs to prove that he’s more than a five minute wonder. When starting the couple of matches so far this season, he has generally been underwhelming.’
‘Newcastle aren’t the quickest at the back , I guess it’s an area thinks we can exploit .’
‘You simply can’t change the team and justifying by Newcastle not being as good as Chelsea certainly doesn’t work. Look what happened against Huddersfield and Cardiff.
If Neves does come back in, it has to be for Moutinho, not Saiss. Would be very harsh on Moutinho but we can’t go back to the same problems that playing them both together seems to bring.
I’d stick with the winning team.’