Newcastle United will find it difficult to climb the table this month, but Saturday’s game against Wolverhampton is their best chance to reach 28 points.
January was known to be Newcastle United’s most difficult month of the season when the 2019-20 Premier League schedule came out in June. The Magpies started this month of with a 3-0 defeat to Leicester City and they still have some tough games ahead against Chelsea and Everton, who recently handed Steve Bruce’s men their first home loss since opening day.
Wolverhampton are favorites to win on Saturday, but recent history tells us that this game can go either way. The last two meetings between these clubs ended in 1-1 draws, and it would not be a surprise if we see that score for the third consecutive time.
Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore have been in top form as of late and they will force Newcastle United’s back-line to be alert and reactive. The Magpies have been banged up with several injuries across the board, but the good news is that at least three key players, which includes Jamaal Lascelles, are expected to return to action this weekend.
Having proven players with fresh legs in the back is exactly what the Magpies need against a team that scored 12 goals between December 1st and January 1st. It is worth noting, though, that Wolverhampton have been struggling with consistency in defense. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have conceded ten goals in their last six games, with Brighton and Watford both scoring two goals.
Newcastle United have only scored more than one goal in five games this season, and have only scored three goals in their last five games. Scoring multiple goals will be difficult, but Wolves are known for playing down to their opponents’ level, which bodes well for Newcastle United.
The one advantage the Toon have is that no one knows where the goals will come from and this will make it difficult for Wolves to pinpoint a specific player they should focus more of their attention on. That being said, Newcastle United have lost three consecutive games and they need a few players to step up and perform at an elite level to avoid losing their fourth game in a row. As mentioned earlier, Newcastle United are the underdogs in this clash, but they are capable of earning a positive result against Wolves on the road as they did last season.