Probable Team Lineups: Newcastle v Wolves
Wolves are flying right now – and I mean that in two ways – the team are flying up north to meet with Newcastle United and we haven’t lost a game since Arsenal away on 12th of February.
Situated in 5th spot in the Barclay’s official formtable signals an impressive row of games lately for a team that is though still engaged in the struggle for survival in the league.
But hopefully not for long. I used the BBC prediction facility for this round of the Premier League and came to the result that Wolves will be on 13th spot in the league come Sunday.
By that you can guess that I predict that we will win away to the Toon. Everything points at that. Everything but the loss to injury of our best player upfront. That is of course a big blow to the team, but I’ve got a firm belief that his replacement will do an excellent job as the strikers waiting at the sidelines are very eager to show what they can do playing from start in a game.
I made a statistical comparison between Doyle, Ebanks-Blake and Fletcher a couple of days ago and that shows that Sylvan and Steven are at least Doylers equals in the striking department, but maybe not at defending from upfront and to keep the ball up. With a stronger midfield than earlier on in the season I’m however convinced that the team will be well balanced to take care of the defensive shores, despite the absence of Kevin Doyle.
I’ve read some articles about the upcoming game in some obscure Newcastle blogs recently and they are (still!) very concerned with the supposedly rough game of Wolves. Rubbish! When looking at the Barclay’s official disciplinary table you will find that Newcastle is the third dirtiest team in the league while Wolves occupy the 13th spot.
Tiote is serving a ban for his ten yellow cards and Nolan isn’t much better with nine. They talk about Henry as a thug, but he’s only got five and the one with the most at Wolves, Christophe Berra, only have collected six yellow so far. We are not a dirty team at all, but maybe we’ll get an advantage if they think so?! 😆
Like our last weekend opponents Aston Villa, Newcastle has some serious injury problems in their squad. Leon Best is out with an ankle injury and Ireland is still not ready to play – at least not from start. Jose Enrique has a hamstring injury and together with earlier injuries on Ben Arfa, Smith and Gosling it makes up a long list. Add to that the Tiote ban and the three match ban on Taylor and we get a picture of a team in trouble.
Wolves – on the other hand – are welcoming players back. Hunty will probably be on the bench and earlier reports say that Mancienne should be in contention again. Guédioura did 90 minutes for the Reserves in the week and Kightly is rearing to go and will probably be on the bench.
But we have our fair part of injuries aswell. Zubar will not play anymore this season and Mouyokolo and Edwards are out of play again, not mentioning Doyle again.
Wolves can still put out a very competitive team, I’m sure. It will be the same starting eleven as against Villa a fortnite ago, except for Doyle who I believe will be replaced with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
It’s high time for SEB to show that he can do the same thing he did in the Championship in the Premiership now. I believe he can and that he has the potential to be as prolific a player as for instance Bent – or even better. Step up!
A BBC employee called Lawro tips Wolves to lose this game and also says that Newcastle would have had to look over their shoulders if they hadn’t collected so many points early on in the season.
My answer to him is that the Magpies wouldn’t have had to look over their shoulders at all if not striker Carroll would have played 19 games for them scoring 11 goals in the first half of the season. If not they would have been dead last in this league with miles. By that I mean that Wolverhampton Wanderers of today are a much better team than Newcastle United and because of that should win this game. 😆
The probable starting elevens at St James’ Park (below).
UP THE WOLVES!!!