Newcastle v Wolves: match preview

Late last week a giant banner was draped across an entrance to St James’ Park. In a clear message to Mike Ashley, it demanded that Newcastle’s owner “stop gambling with our club”. It follows the earlier warning – also via a banner outside the stadium – declaring: “Act late seal your fate.” No one need read very far between the lines to realise these are demands that Ashley sack Steve Bruce. After a run of 12 defeats in 16 games, Newcastle’s manager is under intense pressure and could do with victory against Wolves as his side embark on a potentially season-defining run of games also involving fixtures against West Brom, Aston Villa and Brighton. Louise Taylor

Saturday 8pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue St James’ Park

Last season Newcastle 1 Wolves 1

Referee Mike Dean

This season G16 Y57 R7 4 cards/season

Odds H 3-1 A 5-2 D 9-4


Subs from Darlow, Krafth, Fraser, Dummett, Ritchie, Joelinton, S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Carroll, Hendrick

Doubtful None

Injured Fernández (calf, Mar), Manquillo (ankle, Mar), Wilson (hamstring, Apr), Schär (knee, Apr)

Suspended None

Discipline Y46 R2


Leading scorer Wilson 10


Subs from Ruddy, Hoever, Aït-Nouri, Marçal, Kilman, Vitinha, Silva, Gibbs-White, Otasowie

Doubtful Marçal (match fitness)

Injured Podence (groin, Mar), Boly (hamstring, unknown), Jiménez (head, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y40 R1


Leading scorer Neto 5


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