The extent of Wolves’ problems are perhaps best illustrated by the fact that the manager’s post made vacant by the sacking of Mick McCarthy has been so hard to fill.
Walter Smith is the latest to be linked to the position, although judging by the reluctance of Alan Curbishley and Brian McDermott to fill the void there is no guarantee that he will be in charge at Molineux anytime soon.
In the meantime, Wolves have the small matter of a trip to Newcastle to contend with under the guidance of caretaker boss Terry Connor.
It could be worth backing Newcastle to be winning at half time and full time based on Wolves’ record in the first 45 minutes of away games this season, which is the worst in the league.
The Old Gold have actually gone five games without defeat away from home – a sequence which includes a win over QPR and draws against Tottenham and Arsenal – but they are up against a Newcastle team 12 places above them in the table and with twice the number of points.
The Magpies have also strung together four consecutive victories at St James’ Park, with this streak featuring an eye-catching 3-0 win over Manchester United on January 4th.
Odds of 53/100 on a Newcastle victory are therefore understandable, even if Alan Pardew’s men were thrashed 5-0 by Tottenham at White Hart Lane in their last match.
Indeed, it could be worth backing Newcastle to be winning at half time and full time based on Wolves’ record in the first 45 minutes of away games this season, which is the worst in the Premier League.
The Old Gold have only scored four times before the interval on their travels and have conceded 13.
As such, they have only been ahead at the break once and have been behind in half of their away matches.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have scored first in three of their last four home games and if they do so again – an eventuality priced at 11/25 – Wolves’ lack of success in front of goal suggests the Magpies will have more than enough to hold out for a half time draw at 19/20.
As they are unlikely to let this lead slip in the second half based on the two sides’ recent results, a half time/full time win for the home team looks a safe bet at 6/5.
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