Newcastle v Wolves predictions: Scrappy contest expected at St James' Park
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Callum Wilson remains the headline absentee for the Magpies, who also have a doubt over fellow forward Joelinton, although he has trained this week. Federico Fernandez is another back in training, while Steve Bruce has hinted at swapping Karl Darlow for Martin Dubravka in goal.
Raul Jimenez, Willy Boly and Daniel Podence are all absent. Fernando Marcal returned from a groin injury against Leeds but is again a doubt after limping off after 22 minutes.
The negative noise continues to whir around Steve Bruce and his Newcastle side will know that a defeat against Wolves could result in them ending the weekend in the bottom three.
Bruce admitted to his team's situation looking "gloomy" after last Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Manchester United and as much as he and his players claim to the contrary, Fulham's improving form going into Sunday's trip to Crystal Palace has to be a worry.
Wolves have turned their season around and seem to have finally found a way of playing that compensates for the enormity of Raul Jimenez's absence.
Newcastle are also without their main striker, with Callum Wilson sidelined due to a hamstring injury. That has placed a greater onus on Allan Saint-Maximin, who got back on the scoresheet in the Old Trafford reverse.
After missing a large chunk of the season through illness, the Frenchman is back fit and is his side's main source of inspiration.
Despite making only 11 starts this season, the 23-year-old has now been involved in five goals, including providing two assists in Newcastle's last home game, a 3-2 victory over Southampton.
On that occasion, they saw Jeff Hendrick sent off after 49 minutes and then played the final 18 with nine men following Fabian Schar's injury. That victory ended a winless run of five but they have since lost twice, although each of those defeats came away from St James' Park, against Chelsea and United.
Both these sides have scored 26 times in their 25 league outings and perhaps acknowledging that, Bruce has allowed Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron more freedom to flourish, while loan-signing Joe Willock has added extra creativity in central areas.
Pedro Neto has been the driving force for Wolves and been directly involved in nine Premier League goals this season, more than any other under-21 player.
After a run of just one win in 11, Nuno Espirito Santo's men have found their form, taking ten points from the last 12 available to stave off relegation fears.
Sitting 12th, they can almost afford to relax and a fifth straight draw between these sides would suit them more than it would the Magpies, although a point would at least offer Newcastle a reprieve from the bottom three.
The pair have shared the points in eight of their 11 Premier League meetings, the last four of those finishing 1-1, and another stalemate isn't hard to envisage.
The last four Premier League meetings between the pair have finished 1-1.
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