Newcastle head into the game against Wolves on Saturday nursing several injuries to key players following their midweek home defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Eddie Howe’s side suffered their first Champions League defeat of the season thanks to Felix Nmecha’s goal just before half-time. It was a frustrating defeat on a damp night at St James’ Park with Callum Wilson and Anthony Gordon both hitting the bar in the second half.
Despite the defeat, there will be positives to take into the clash against Wolves on Saturday, and with Newcastle currently being the most productive side going forward in the Premier League this season, confidence will still be high.
The Magpies have scored the most goals (24) have the highest xG (19.9), the highest shot conversion rate (18.9%), the most big chances (37) and the highest big chance conversion (54.1%) which is just astonishing.
With the news that Alexander Isak picking up a groin injury, Wilson will step in and will be coming in with an efficient record so far. The former Bournemouth and Coventry striker is averaging a goal every 66 minutes in the Premier League this season (five goals in 330 minutes), the best rate of any player to have played at least 90 minutes so far.
Newcastle will be looking to make it six Premier League games unbeaten at Molineaux on Saturday against a Wolves side looking to maintain their unbeaten run as well.
Pedro Neto is the star man at Wolves, with the Portuguese international already on six Premier League assists, matching his previous best creative season in the competition (2020-21) after just nine games.
10 of the last 16 games between the two sides in the Premier League have been draws, but with the attacking form Newcastle are currently in, they will almost certainly fancy their chances.
Not only that, but the expectation for Newcastle is that they have to win these types of games if they are to realistically compete for European contention once again this season.