Wolves v Newcastle – Match preview.

Posted on August 27th, 2010 | 166 Comments |

Molineux - Hungry like the Wolves?
Molineux - Hungry like the Wolves?
Newcastle hit the road again this weekend as they return to Premier League action against Wolves tomorrow.

It’s our first regular Saturday 3pm kick-off of the season, and it is a match that I will be in attendance for.

Newcastle will be full of confidence after the 6-0 mauling of Aston Villa last weekend, but they will also need to be aware that if they want to take anything out of the game at Molineux then they will have to fight tooth and nail for it. Wolves is not an easy place to go to nowadays, if it ever was in the first place, and they will be the favourites for the win in the eyes of many.

Both Chris Hughton and Mick McCarthy will bring their respective A-Team back into the fold for the match. They ain’t no fools, and they know that staying in the league is the main priority for both teams this season. Both managers fielded shadow side in the Carling Cup in midweek, although Wolves had to bring on some of their senior players as their midweek game went to extra time.

Wolves will be without Steven Fletcher although he isn’t too far away from being recalled to the team after recovering from injury, which should mean that Wolves will have a front pairing of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle for the match against Newcastle.

McCarthy is expected to stick with near enough the same team that drew at Everton last weekend, which means that they should line up looking a bit like this:

WolvesHahnemann, Foley, Elokobi, D. Jones, Berra, Craddock, Jarvis, Henry, Ebanks-Blake, Doyle, Ward.

Newcastle will not see a debut from Cheick Tiote this weekend as he won’t meet up with his new team-mates until after the international break. Sol Campbell is still working his way towards match fitness and won’t feature whilst Steven Taylor, Danny Guthrie, Xisco, Dan Gosling, Danny Simpson and Leon Best all still remain sidelined.

I would expect Chris Hughton to play the same side that beat Aston Villa 6-0 last weekend, and I also expect that the focus will be on keeping things tight to start with. Newcastle should line up with a team of:

NewcastleHarper, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Enrique, Routledge, Smith, Barton, Gutierrez, Nolan, Carroll.

Molineux hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Newcastle over the years and we have lost 29 of our 43 games at the home of Woverhampton Wanderers. In fact our last win at Molineux was over 20 years ago – a 1-0 victory back in April 1990.

Our last match away at Wolves ended in a 1-1 draw way back in 2003, a certain Alan Shearer sparing the blushes on that occasion. A new number nine will be hoping to have the same effect this time around.

For those who are going to the game, I will be in a pub called ‘The Blue Brick’ from around 1pm onwards. It is attached to a Premier Travel Inn and is a couple of minutes walk away from the train station. From there it is around a ten minute walk away from the ground. Having been on various Wolves fans sites over the week, that seems to be the pub that has been pointed to me where away fans are welcome.

Newcastle will be high on confidence, but Wolves are no pushovers and I expect a tight game ending in a narrow defeat for us.

My prediction: Wolves 1-0 Newcastle

Howay the lads!

Date – Saturday, 28th August, 2010.

Time – 3:00pm (BST).

Venue – Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton.

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166 Responses

  1. Hopefully our new No9 will have a better effect this time round :) but I do think Wolves will be a tough old battle so I will be happy with a draw but will go with a 0-1 win for us ;)

  2. MDS-

    Ya damn Yankee, you! :D

    Us Southerners (at least the ones from Nashville) always know better than you damn Yankees lmao jk.

    My family is from Trenton NJ, so I don’t have much room to talk. Though my MOM’s family is from Mississippi, so yeah lol.

  3. OHurley you done a runner on me yesterday aswell after I replied again are you trying to tell me something :) By the way that isn’t that far from Saint Louis is it as I was there at a Tattoo convention 2 yrs ago some nice places but some dodgy places aswell ;)

  4. Would definitly take a point tomorrow like. If we play the way we did last week we could take 3 but as ridiculous as it sounds, Wolves will put up a far tougher test than Villa and will be alot harder to break down. I’d be over the moon with 4 points from Wolves and Blackpool.

    Also, looking good on the Ben Arfa front which I’m surprised about. Got bored with it all and eventually thought the deal was dead in the water. As for Hughton earlier, did he give the standard sly grin whilst denying everything involving Keane?..Obviously he said there was a connection etc, but it didnt sound like he actually gave any indication as to whether we’re interested or not. I’ve always said I wouldn’t have Keane here but i could probably be swayed, lol.

  5. Big Dave-

    My bad, bro, I didn’t see your reply haha!

    Nashville is about 5 hours from St. Louis. Nice town like, STL, but not as cool as nashville.

    A tattoo convention, huh? Didn’t know you were into that like.

  6. Just been on official site , if xisco is injured , why is he training with the team in the photos .hmmmm wonder if he going out on loan again.

  7. got to be dodgy place if big dave was there.
    gan for a draw on sat,not going with toonsy downer

  8. Morale officer maybe he was feeling a bit low at the time and needed a hug from you :) but he should be feeling better now that I have offered my hand of friendship to him and cheered him up ;)

  9. STUART there saying they have signed m8,also a kid from algeria under 21 so ive heard m8,take it how you will

  10. Stuart-Benny has been spotted in Newcastle again, photographic evidence on .com, lol. Theres also been some report on Marseilles site saying they expect him to be a Newcastle player within the next few days apparently?

    A rumour started to circulate that Keane was in Newcastle for a medical earlier the day and Hughton was asked about it. He responded with a smirk and said we’re obviously going to be linked with players like him at this time in the window but he knows Keane personally and there is a connection due to his time at Spurs.
    Dont really know what he meant but there you go!

  11. That is defo the training ground cos u can see williamsons, lovenkrands and houghtons car. Defo not ben arfa in the cab

  12. guess i was a tad too late with that lol!

    i would happily take a draw the morrow…. i honestly cant see us winning. i reckon 2-1 wolves, what i seen the past few games… rangers man u and villa is that we play way too high. like i said id take a draw! going to get some points on fantasy footy this week i need them!

  13. April 1990, the last time we won there was the exact month and year of my birth… good omen?

    I’m gonna go for either 1-1, or 1-2 Carrol and a Barton pen in the 88th minute

  14. Err, lads it’s wolves. ManU put 3 past us, Wolves won’t do more than two.
    Manchien from chelsea, Kevin Doyle and Kightley are the only ones to worry about. Ebankes blake couldn’t score for toffee in the PL last year, he’s above his level.
    Their keeper is ok, so it won’t be a rout.

  15. I see the club have applied for planning permission for the new signs at the stadium, promoting the stadiums sponsor.

    Good, innovative move by the club, bringing in extra revenue.

    Could never understand why you need planning permission for bloody signs!

  16. What do the journal know? They and the chronic haven’t been privvy to anything since ffs left.

  17. Stuart > Good, innovative move by the club, bringing in extra revenue.

    That would be nice, wonder how much we will get out of that ;) oh and by the way im near sure they are aluminium signs

  18. STUART give you better one my local post office moved 3 shops down,wanted to take post box,told they cannot,need planning permission been waiting 12wks now still nowt,bloody world ganning mad

  19. gui assulin,, ben arfa,, robbie keane and boyatta were all in newcastle today confirmation expected on tuesday when assulin is expected to get his work permit

  20. wi man am glad you didnt believe that dave ffs man craigcoozy iznt an insider he cant get them all right, sorry 4 that but any1 can call themselves craigcoozy

  21. So the way I see it is that Arfa Daley will sign but the Keane rumour is a complete joke, just cannot see that one happening.

  22. STUART think your as wise as us,but wouldnt say keane one is a joke,ch said this morning on ssn that it was spec at this time

  23. Aye to be fair Hughton didn’t dismiss the Keane rumour. If anything he fuelled it by mentioning the fact he has links with Spurs and knows Keane on a personal level.

  24. craigcoozy I maybe shouldnt have outed you so soon Lad :( as I have to agree with you there is some folks that crasp at every wee bit on info and convince themselfs of anything, the worst yet is on .com some bloggers think more of you than anything else, they look up to him like a god like figure ;)
    Meant to ask is there any sign of us getting Kaka or Messi :lol: :lol: :lol:

  25. We might want him but I don’t think it can happen, what with NUFC wanting Spurs to pay half his wages and I don’t think they’ll do that.

  26. To be honest I jst like reading your posts, but i dont get involved to much, i know im no insider and some things i read is quite laughable really

  27. Kaka and messi were getting some scran today in ‘Munchies’ in the Toon according to some nobody on twitter so it has to be true…..doesn’t it??

  28. Stuart-I also considered the fact that Defoe needs an op, will be out for a month or so and there’s talk of Peter Crouch going elsewhere, I dont think they can afford to let him go. In saying that there was reports of them going after Fabiano today, they’ve been around all summer but they can offer CL football to him I suppose.

  29. funny you should say that my sources are telling me hes on his way over to finalise a deal he will be staying with CH tonight, n i ana a went on eds blog 5 minites ago n sum1 sed craigcoozy reckons gai assulin,, ben arfa,, robbie keane and boyatta wer her today,, to gullible

  30. Ross….’Arry said nowt doing wi Fabiano cos was too expensive also said Defoes op put on hold…………mind ‘Arry’s not exactly the most honest like ;-)

  31. RICHIETOON/DAVE thought you might like this.

    A friend of mine just started his own business, manufacturing landmines that look like prayer mats.
    It’s doing well.
    He says Prophets are going through the roof

  32. take this how you want but my dog’s just told me that when he was at the vets today he saw ben arfa’s poodle getting worming tablets…..you heard it here first

  33. Gui Assulin? The young lad from Barca? What planet are you on! I heard Barca have a £30m price tag on him, even a loan deal is unrealistic. Ryad Boudabouz from Sochaux has been linked but don’t know if there is any truth.

    As for the Wolves game, 2-1 to the Toon and another yellow for Perch up against Jarvis!

  34. saltysellars I hope you worm yer dog as the french worms are bad :) and I meant to ask what is the average price for a signed Toon shirt ?

  35. gonzalo he has refused a contract and is a free agent, as i sed hes here,, hot of the press assulin and hughton wer in sports world and wer trying to buy matching ysl jim jams,, they also had a paket of nufc top trumps and choklate body butter, my soures tell me that was half the deal that he has a night in heaven with hoots

  36. big dave do you want a shirt you already own signed or do you want to buy a pre-signed shirt? to get one of yours signed would only be about 20 quid roughly mate,ive got andy carrols away v derby last season and laurent robert 03/04 signed and still unwashed from match,both are match worn shirts

  37. icedog does batty get match worns for sale mate ? would be interested if he has any for sale like,you can never have too many contacts

  38. Surprised no one has snapped assulin up – at one point he was worth millions and Madrid, arsenal and every other top team were keeping tabs on him, next thing he’s allegedly having a weeks trial at Blackburn in the summer and was deemed not good enough for prem – maybe he’s a bit of a twat

  39. Actually it was barca who decided not to offer him a new contract since he’s been shite for the last couple of years and failed to live up to early promise – just shows you, one minute a 34 million wonder kid and the next you can’t find a half decent club to take you on for nowt

  40. carroll shirt would be at least 80 bucks lads im afraid,if it were before villa would be about 60 but hey ho! after that hat trick any carroll match worn has gained value

  41. yeah mate i know it sounds almost pervy but its worth more if its dirty and has the sweat of a strapping young man…..

  42. steve i bought it of the xisco kid,he has a whole collection of strapping young mens clothes in his locker at sjp!!

  43. saltysellars I was just interested I would like to get my wee lads Carroll No9 shirt signed but I will maybe wait and pick him up another 1 to get signed. I have an old home Granda collared shirt of Keith Gillespies signed and a another home one with the sheild on the back signed by most of the team ;)

    Ice batty is good but there is a few names he hasnt mastered yet :lol:

  44. Thanks for the correction on Assulin. Still can’t see it though. Would love CH to sign Van Wolfswinkel, said he would have a good season and anyone who gets it out three times against Celtic is a legend! =)

  45. Well, it looks like we’ll have to wait until Monday to hear whether or not we signed Benny to the Toon. Although, I do recall that they announced the signing of Tiote during the Villa game, so who knows?

    2-1 the Toon, on the morra.

  46. Coozy there is loads of yer fans looking you on .com I think they are talking about starting up an I Love Craigcoozy Face Book group :)

  47. OHurley….aye I’m shocked,he’s usually such an agreeable fella.

    doubt there’ll be any announcements on Monday as it’s a holiday over here…………hence on the lash all day Sunday ;-)

  48. OHurley im allways around and if im not I have eyes and ears watching and listening for me so dont be starting any sh1t my little Green leprechaun Mason :lol:
    Richie what ever happened them BIG clubs that wanted Zog ? otherside greener and grass

  49. I think I have found our mystery player photographed today at the training ground, we were linked with him way back in July, he is a free agent and plays for Lens. He seems to want to move to England after turning down a contract with Lens.

    His name is Nassim Boukhelifa

    He is the right player in the first pic and in the back row of the 2nd pic, the 4th one across


    When you compare to the pic Jay put up earlier I think we have our man!

    This all adds up, he turned out for Man Citys Reserves in a game vs Stockport this preseason, coming on in the 57th minute



  50. Can I just be the first to make the announcement?

    Hatem Ben Arfa has signed on loan – Official!

  51. Stu….is that because ya’ve heard something or did ya just want to be the first to say it? ;-)

    Ice….Dave just wants an honest week’s pay for an honest day’s work. :lol:

  52. hope so Simon…we’re putting a mean team together…would settle for Robbie Keene too…

  53. whey Ed’s craigcoozy is saying Ben Arfa,Boyatta,Keane and Assulin in Toon today.Ben Arfa announced 2mora after game.Keane and Assulin prob Tues!!

    Anyone listen to the 3 legends tonight?

  54. Big Dave-

    Got busy at work, like. *Little* green leprechaun? I ain’t little, mate :D I AM American after all LMFAO

    And yeah, I think the BIG clubs must’ve lost Insomnia’s cell number or somethin’. That HAS to be why they’re not calling him like… hahahaha

  55. Big Dave says:
    August 27, 2010 at 8:49 pm
    saltysellars I hope you worm yer dog as the french worms are bad and I meant to ask what is the average price for a signed Toon shirt<<<<< got a shearer 1 you can have for 200 lol and many more which player do u want and ile see if ive got it

  56. Stuart someone’s beaten you to it. Comment above mentions a journalist working for the journal already posted on twitter that he had signed.

  57. 114 richietoon says:
    August 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Always listen to them, it’s my dog walking material.

  58. get them all signed up Richietoon….!! Howay the lads, hopefully we’re on the ,arch again…or I’ve had too much weissbier !!…maybe both..

  59. Benjani to Blackburn! First panic signing! No wait…Pompey offered Kanu a 3 year deal!

  60. HAHA ya big green leprechaun you!

    Yeah, you’re right. Doesn’t sound quite right, does it?

  61. Stuart…….did Supermac say Keane was a done deal,couple of lads on Ed’s said he had…………or maybe the same lad using 2 usernames ;-)

  62. ahh thought he might have just been on the pop again.

    I got a Big Al signed one for my 40th…….er I mean I’ll get a signed one for my 40th in 10 years time :-)

  63. Richie yer waffling Big Al was still with B/burn when you turned 40 man
    Ice yer right he is as honest as the days are long
    Batts I haven’t seen him in a couple of days mate he has been busy at work but I will see him tomoro for the match i’ll tell him you were asking for him ;)

  64. Ibrahimovic signing for Milan good news for #nufc will see Huntelaar join Spurs and allow Robbie Keane to finalise his move to #nufc


  65. Guys – just back from my anniversary meal at Jes Dene House Hotel and HBA IS THERE. He was getting out of a car when we arrived, sat in the foyer for a while – he was in a party of about 5 which included a photographer – they all seemed to be speaking French. Later they came into the conservatory bit of the dining room to a table discreetly away from anyone else. They were just being served their first course as we were finishing. Clearly staying the night. Don’t know who the others all were – not sure there were any NUFC people involved.

  66. Re brownrob

    Yeah according to reports it is Boukhelifa, 19 year old attacking midfielder. One for the future if we get him.

    Don’t really want Assulin, bit of an ego player but maybe CH could sort him out.

    Froiday naight! Get the special brew and lambrini out and head to the local park bench! Got to blend in…

  67. if the news on HBA is true, then the kinda flare the lad can bring is reminiscent of legends of old… the kid’s got attitude ( but he’s french… goes with the gig) but we have a strong core, a well settled team… i’m sure we all hope CH can integrate him well and instill the right mentality for the lad… you play for the shirt and the club, not for yourself… here’s hoping… great signing… i’m impressed this transfer window… we’ve got some talent come in and not so much squad players… guys that bring something to the table y’know

  68. Good old wikipedia! Raul Meireles has signed for Liverpool and will ‘unfortunately be part of a team that gets relegated’ Haha!

  69. Don’t you think Liverpool nowaday just look like us when we relegated 2 years ago.

    Owner put the club on sale, got some interest too many rumors but nobody can buy it. Players want to leave with no loyalty, Dressing room problem with hopeless manager.

    But ” Liverpool won’t relegate and never be near that, They’re too good to relegate ” did I heard it before ? classic right ?

    However I think they’re good enough with Torres and Gerrad in their team sheet. OK back to us Hopefully we will be OK for tonight.

  70. So…you think that if Gerrard and Torres weren’t there, Liverpool would or could be relegated?

  71. Both Gerrard and Torres are world class player, How do you think if they miss both of them ? Especially Gerrard is heart of their team.(I still remember he destroyed us last 2 season) I don’t see any players who can replace him. Mascherano leave, Carrager ? Kuyt? N Gog ? LUCAS ? oh no. I think they will face struggle in PRM for sure. Maybe not relegation but… that’s football. Anything can happen even I don’t want to see any big club will face the doom the same as us last 2 season again. However It just my opinion.

    Don’t mention too much about them, We have important game against Wolves tonight. HWTL !

  72. Ginkoh – I would love to see Liverpool relegated. I would love to see them go out of business never to return again. I wul love someone to remove Anfield from the face of the planet.

    Won’t happen though. As much as they are average without Gerrard or Torres, I still think they would have enough to survive the doomsday scenario. That said, this season is improtant for them. I feel it could be a last throw of the dice between retaining “top club” status or mediocrity.

  73. THE only thing that comes to my mind regarding liverpool is,

    WE MUST GET OUR BLOODY REVENGE,FOR THE START OF NUFC Humiliation from that 5-1 Match two seasons ago.

    I think from that match onwards,the WHOLE NUFC burst.

    Gerrard was almost sentence to jail due to excessive celebration of that win. grrrr….

  74. Actually not really a revenge,but a prove instead. I was totally embarrassed by that match that day.