CB: An interesting match in prospect at Molineux today between these two – which way will it go?
SC: Wolves haven’t won for four games and I have to admit, I don’t think this will change this weekend. I can see them coming away with a point. Since beating Blackburn and Fulham in their opening games, they have drawn one and lost three. With Newcastle being tricky opponents this season, and currently unbeaten, it should be a tight game and odds are available for the draw at 11/5.
FB: Newcastle have not been beaten in their last four league outings away from St. James’ Park. Despite drawing three of these games, The Magpies have every right to be confident of seizing a win at 37/20. The only chance Wolves have of escaping with a hard-fought stalemate is if Newcastle switch off during set pieces. However, the ease with which Alan Pardew’s men are currently conducting their defensive duties makes a draw seem improbable. Newcastle are poised to extend their unbeaten run to ten games in the Premier League for the first time in 14 years.
CB: They certainly continue to surprise their critics, myself included! What scoreline are you expecting?
SC: In the last five meetings between the sides, they have picked up a win each, and there have been three draws. Those draws all finished 1-1, and I think that there is a chance this could happen again – it is priced at 19/4. Wolves have been struggling and haven’t scored many goals up to now, whereas as I’ve mentioned Newcastle have been strong in defence.
FB: Wolves have only kept one clean sheet at home in eight Premier League matches. This woeful statistic makes a 1-0 victory for The Magpies look tempting at 31/4. A goal for Mick McCarthy’s struggling strike force is highly doubtful, considering that only 18 shots have penetrated Newcastle’s defence in the league so far. The strong credentials of The Magpies’ back four could provide a solid platform for a 2-0 triumph at 13/1.
CB: Who should football betting fans be looking at for potential goalscorers in this one?
SC: I’ve got a feeling Steven Fletcher, who is likely to be back after a recent niggling injury, will get the first goal. He is valued at a good price of 6/1 and has scored two out of Wolves’ five league goals. The Scot is continuing his impressive form after his debut season with the side, where he scored 12 goals. Newcastle have currently got the best defensive record in the league, but Fletcher has the power and strength to trouble their backline.
FB: All eyes will be on Demba Ba after he scored a great hat-trick against hapless Blackburn last time out. The powerful striker is finally settling in at his new club and lucrative 5/1 odds say he will open the scoring against Wolves. However, as the home side inevitably strive to neutralise Ba, Leon Best will be free to exploit space elsewhere. Newcastle’s joint top scorer is at 13/2 to pinch the final goal.
CB: When do you think Newcastle will strike, Francis?
FB: Well, the contrasting recent fortunes of Wolves and Newcastle may give the visitors the momentum they need to conjure up a half-time lead at 23/10. Key winger Jonas Gutierrez substantiates this possibility by routinely dictating play before the interval, then going missing for the second 45 minutes. Newcastle’s defensive record also backs the travelling high-flyers to be ahead at the break.
CB: And Sam, you’re obviously think the best Wolves can hope for is a draw, but have you seen any value elsewhere?
SC: With the way the sides have been playing, I can’t see many goals being scored. Wolves have had two clean sheets and Newcastle have had three. In three of Wolves’ games there have been under 2.5 goals and this has also happened in four of Newcastle’s league fixtures. I think this means the sides will cancel each other out and this is priced at 3/4 to happen.
CB: That sounds pretty plausible. Cheers once again for your thoughts and speak to you next week.
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