Newcastle will look to further their Champions League credentials when manager-less Wolves are the visitors to the Sports Direct Arena on Saturday, as bookies give punters a treat with 4/6 available on the home side.
Alan Pardew’s side moved above the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool into 5th place earlier this month to keep alive their faint hopes of Champions League qualification via league position with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.
Goals from newly formed strike partnership Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse, the latter a £10 million January signing from Freiburg playing in his first game for the club because of his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, gave rise to optimism on Tyneside that Newcastle could spring a surprise this season.
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However a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham at White Hart Lane in their last Premier League outing has served to temper expectations as the Magpies as they dropped down to 6th place, but with just one point separating them from 4th placed Arsenal there is still plenty to play for in the last 13 games of the season.
Pardew will be boosted by the return of combative midfielder Cheik Tiote from the Africa Cup of Nations while Yohan Cabaye will also return to action having served his suspension for being sent off in Newcastle’s 4th round F.A Cup exit against Brighton.
Wolves go into the game on the back of their worst result of the season, a 5-1 humbling at the hands of local rivals West Brom at Molineux.
That proved to be the final straw for the club’s owners as Mick McCarthy was given his marching orders, however their plan to appoint his successor promptly has been scuppered by a number of candidates ruling themselves out of the running.
Caretaker manager Terry Connor takes charge of Wolves for the trip to the Sports Direct Arena as he looks to secure only their second win in the Premier League since the turn of the year.
The bookmakers have priced Newcastle up as 4/6 to take all the three points, which looks a cracking bet considering Wolves’s mauling last week against West Brom.
The home team should be much shorter, and even though not a big price, we’re taking Alan Pardew to increase his winning run to five games.