Wolves have started the season poorly and are yet to pick up a win this season. Their only point was a 0-0 draw with Fulham where Mitrovic missed a penalty and they were lucky to get away with a point. Bruno Lage’s team have now signed Guedes and Nunes to bolster the Wolves squad, but they will want to pick up their first win quickly to avoid any danger of a relegation battle.
Newcastle have starred in their opening three matches. Their enthralling draw against Manchester City epitomised their attacking nature as a team and Newcastle remain unbeaten 3 matches into the season. The signing of Alexander Isak will only help them further, especially with the injury to Callum Wilson and if he starts this game I would not be surprised if he were to make an instant impact for the club.
Wolves v Newcastle Bet Builder Tips
Allan Saint-Maximin 1+ SOT
Wolves have struggled this year with attacks down their left. Against Leeds, 94% of Leeds’ xG came from attacks down the centre or left of the pitch, against Fulham, 97% of Fulham’s xG came down the centre or left and against Spurs, 76% of Spurs’ xG came from the centre or left of the pitch. Allan Saint-Maximin has been superb yet again this season and has played in a left forward role, up with the striker but out to the left side, right in the main area of Wolves’ weakness. Wolves’ 2 man midfield is a dream come true for Saint-Maximin, he will have plenty of space in central positions to run at the Wolves midfield and create himself chances. He has averaged 0.71 shots on target per 90 so far this season and averaged 0.83 shots on target last season.
Although Wolves do not allow too many shots on target, Saint-Maximin will be playing a role that exploits Wolves’ largest weakness. He has only missed 17 minutes football this season when being subbed off late in matches so he should have plenty of time on the pitch to hit at least 1 shot on target.
Fabian Schar 1+ Shots
Despite playing as a centre-back, Fabian Schar loves a shot. He scored against Nottingham Forest and has had 2 shots in the first 3 matches this season. Last season Schar averaged 0.83 shots/90 last season, mainly from long shots and corners. Schar is in the top 10% of defenders in Europe’s top 5 leagues for shots per 90 in the last year and only 12% of defenders have a further average shot distance than him, showing his tendency to shoot from range.
Only 5 teams have given away more corners than Wolves so far this season and these opportunities will give plenty of chances for Schar to get forward and have chances for a goal. When Wolves concede set pieces, they struggle to defend them. No team has allowed more shots from set pieces this season than Wolves, they have allowed nine shots from set piece situations which Schar will relish. Schar’s long shots usually come from him stepping into midfield to create an overload, making a surging forward run where he can get the ball and then striking at goal. Against a 2 man Wolves midfield he will find it easier to step forwards and create this overload furthering his chances of a shot in this match.
Ruben Neves 2+ Shots
Ruben Neves loves a long shot, just three of his last 80 shots in the premier league have come from inside the box, yet he averaged 1.32 shots/90 last season and has averaged 1.81 shots/90 this season. His average shot distance is from 26 yards out and only 5% of midfielders in Europe’s top 5 leagues have a higher average shot distance than him so if he finds space in midfield, he will always look for a shot.
Neves will be up against the likes of Joelinton in central midfield. While Joelinton is a workhorse and brilliant in possession, he can be caught out of position defensively. This can leave further room for Neves to hit shots at goal and he won’t be afraid to try. Ruben Neves is also one of Wolves’ main free kick takers which will lend him further opportunities for a shot.
In this match Neves should get enough opportunities to register at least 2 shots.
Ruben Neves to be Carded
The referee for this match is Peter Bankes and he loves a yellow card. He has refereed two matches so far this season and they have had 11 yellow cards between them. He also refereed an EFL Cup game in midweek where he showed 8 yellow cards! Last season he showed 54 yellow cards in 12 matches in the prem, an average of 4.5 per match.
Only 4 teams have drawn more yellow cards this season than Newcastle and with the dribbling abilities of players such as Saint-Maximin and Almiron it’s not hard to see why. Only 3 players committed more fouls for Wolves than Ruben Neves last season and the Wolves man was awarded 9 yellow cards, the most of any Wolves player. Newcastle love to run with the ball through the centre of the pitch and Neves will therefore be in the perfect area of the pitch to make tackles and commit fouls. He has already been booked once this season and I am predicting that he will be booked again in this match.
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How to watch Wolves vs Newcastle in the Premier League
📅 When is Wolves vs Newcastle? / Sunday, 28th August 2022, 14:00
🏟 Where is Wolves vs Newcastle? / Molineux (Wolverhampton)
📺 What TV channel is Wolves vs Newcastle? / Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League 🟨 …And who is the referee for Wolves vs Newcastle? /Peter Bankes 🏴