Newcastle primed to deliver another success on the road
Toon Army can move closer to Premier League return
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Rafael Benitez’s men have taken their foot off the gas in recent weeks as the winning line gets nearer, but they remain the strongest team in the division and should account for a Wednesday side who have won just one of their last five league matches.
A 1-0 win over Burton in midweek was far from convincing but the high-flying Magpies tend to save their best performances for their travels.
They boast the best away form in the division - having picked up ten more points on the road than their nearest pursuers Fulham - and have conceded just 12 times.
Wins at Brighton (2-1) and Huddersfield (3-1) read well and they are yet to lose against any side in the top ten away from St James' Park.
Wednesday were 1-0 winners at Newcastle earlier in the campaign but the Magpies can struggle to impress on home soil and supporters can quickly turn on them when things aren’t going their way.
Carlos Carvalhal’s Wednesday bounced back with a 2-0 win at Yorkshire rivals Rotherham in midweek but they lost the shot count 10-5 and Newcastle are unlikely to be so forgiving.
Matt Ritchie, scored in his last two games, and leading marksman Dwight Gayle are rediscovering top form and they can guide Newcastle to a third straight league win.
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Fernando Forestieri is expected to return from a knee injury, while Vincent Sasso has completed his three-match ban. Almen Abdi and Kieran Lee are long-term casualties.
Midfielders Jack Colback (virus) and Isaac Hayden (ankle) should return and Chancel Mbemba may keep his place at centre-back.
Sheffield Wednesday have won just two of their last eight league games.