Wolves vs Newcastle LIVE – Nuno Espirito Santo’s side aim to kick on after victory over Leeds while Magpies are desperate to bounce back after heavy Manchester United defeat
- Wolves host Newcastle at Molineux this afternoon at 4:30pm in Premier League
- Both encounters between these two sides last season ended in 1-1 draws
- UK viewers can watch the top-flight action live on Sky Sports Main/PL
- Latest Premier League news, live action and results can be found here
- Premier League table – as it stands
Wolves welcome Steve Bruce’s Newcastle side to Molineux this afternoon in the Premier League.
Wolves head into this fixture on the back of their hard-fought 1-0 victory over Leeds while Newcastle will be desperate to bounce back after their 4-1 defeat to Manchester United at St James’ Park.
Last season, both encounters between these two sides ended in 1-1 draws, and it could yet again be another tight affair.
Follow Sportsmail’s SAM BLITZ below for live Premier League coverage of Wolves vs Newcastle including score, line-ups, substitutions and more.
3 mins: This was not expected.
Fabian Schar tries a pass down the line, the ball bounces off a water bottle left behind one of the Wolves players in the warm-up.
It’s not quite Darren Bent versus Liverpool but it’s definitely one for the end-of-season blooper reel.
2 mins: It looks like Allan Saint-Maximin is adopting a central role alongside Callum Wilson, with Ryan Fraser playing in central midfield as a ‘number eight’.
The Magpies are trying to settle down and are holding possession well.
0 mins: We’re up and running at Molineux! Wolves get us underway
Both sides are now coming out onto the pitch. Wolves come out through the usual tunnel while Newcastle stream onto the pitch via the stands.
We’re several months into COVID-19 secure football but it’s still taking a while to get used to…
Just under ten minutes to go until kick-off, here are a reminder of the line-ups:
Wolves XI: Patricio; Coady (c), Boly, Kilman; Semedo, Dendoncker, Neves, Saiss; Neto, Jimenez, Podence
Newcastle XI: Darlow; Schar, Fernandez, Lascelles (c); Murphy, Hendrick, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Lewis; Fraser, Wilson
Both sides are going through their paces ahead of this afternoon’s game.
It’s a big day for Miguel Almiron this afternoon who has been out of Steve Bruce’s starting line-up as of late, but a midfield injury crisis means the Paraguayan gets the nod today.
Conor Coady made a brave choice leaving Liverpool and is now the first name on Wolves’ team-sheet as he captains the side once again.
It’s been a great start to the season for him too, as he was named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the first time in September and even ended up with a goal too.
With Virgil van Dijk out for most of this season with an ankle ligament injury, could Coady be returning to Anfield sometime soon?
So with just under half an hour to go until kick-off, let’s take a look at what the Premier League table looks like.
Southampton have just beaten Everton 2-0 at home, which has taken Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side into fifth place.
Wolves can go into fourth-place for at least a few hours with a win this afternoon, while Newcastle can leapfrog today’s opponents with three points today.
Arsenal take on Leicester City later in the evening as well.
It’s not all bad news for Newcastle on the injury front as goalkeeper Karl Darlow has survived a late fitness test to start between the sticks at Molineux.
The shot stopper was phenomenal in Newcastle’s defeat to Manchester United and made several key stops for the Magpies, including one from a Bruno Fernandes penalty.
He suffered a collision with Marcus Rashford late on in the game and was a serious doubt for this afternoon’s game but has managed to pull through in time.
Mark Gillespie, who was playing at Walsall two years ago, is the only alternative option for the Magpies.
Newcastle’s preparations for this afternoon were dealt a blow following an injury to key midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.
The Englishman has a groin injury and the Magpies’ medical team will assess in the next few weeks whether he will be able to return before the November international break.
Ruben Neves is also named in the Wolves starting line-up after sitting on the bench for his side’s win at Leeds.
The Portuguese midfielder had the rare opportunity to watch his team from the sidelines and came to the conclusion that the Midlands club are really hard to break down.
Here’s JOE BERNSTEIN’s report for Sportsmail on what Neves said in full…
There’s a start for Raul Jimenez this afternoon – but should Wolves’ Mexican striker be involved for this one?
On Monday night, VAR failed to spot what appears to be a swipe by the forward on Leeds defender Robin Koch in the closing stages of Wolves’ 1-0 win at Elland Road.
No action was taken against Jimenez by the on-pitch referee David Coote and VAR official Michael Oliver in Stockley Park.
On a separate note, Lee Mason is the man in the middle this afternoon.
Meanwhile, Steve Bruce has shuffled his pack ahead of this afternoon’s game. The Magpies boss has made four changes overall.
Fabian Schar, Ryan Fraser, Jacob Murphy and Miguel Almiron come in for Emil Krafth, Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey and Joelinton.
Callum Wilson keeps his place in the line-up despite not finding the net last time out.
Nuno Espirito Santo makes one change from the side that beat Leeds United on Monday night. Ruben Neves comes into the side for Joao Moutinho, who drops to the bench.
There is no start for Adama Traore once again in Wolves colours while Raul Jimenez leads the line once again after netting the winner last week.
It’s fair to say the two camps are in different moods coming into this one…
Wolves battled to a well-earned 1-0 victory at Leeds United on Monday thanks to Raul Jimenez’s second-half winner.
Meanwhile, Newcastle took an early lead against Manchester United last weekend but ended up losing the game 4-1 thanks to three late goals.
Will those results impact the outcome of this afternoon’s games?
Welcome to coverage of this afternoon’s game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United!
Wolves know victory will take them into the top-four for a few hours at least, while Newcastle could move nine points clear of the drop zone to ease the nerves at St James’ Park for another week.
Kick-off is at 4.30pm GMT so we’ll have team news in about 10 minutes…
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