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Wolves v Newcastle [Premier League]

1 Name: Anonymous 2019-02-11 19:53
Wolves v Newcastle (20:00 GMT)

Here's a stat for you: Wolves have been no lower than 12th since 25 August.

For a newly promoted team that is pretty phenomenal. A win later would move the seventh-place side to within nine points of sixth-place Chelsea.

Former Porto keeper Nuno Espirito Santo has been well backed in the transfer market with midfielders Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho, keeper Rui Patricio, winger Diogo Jota, defender Willy Boly and loan signing striker Raul Jimenez proving to be big successes since Nuno took over in 2017.

Meanwhile, long-time Wolves right-back Matt Doherty has been an extra bow in Nuno's attacking arrow with six goals and five assists.

Ironically, none of those signings have cost as much as Newcastle's new £20m record signing Miguel Almiron, who is likely to make his debut in the Magpies front line.

When the teams last met today's visitors battled for more than 30 minutes with 10 men and were undone by a 95th-minute winner.

Revenge is in the air at Molineux.

Wolves pair Diogo Jota and Ruben Vinagre have recovered from the problems that caused them to miss the FA Cup replay win over Shrewsbury.

Jota has been nursing a minor injury, while Vinagre was laid low by a virus.

New signing Miguel Almiron is among six additional players available to Newcastle since their defeat at Spurs.

Paul Dummett, Mohamed Diame, Ki Sung-yueng and Karl Darlow are back from injury, while Yoshinori Muto has returned from the Asian Cup.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has resisted the urge to makes any changes to his starting XI and keeps faith with the side that won 3-1 at Everton in their last Premier League outing.

Wolves: Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Jonny, Jota, Jimenez

Subs: Ruddy, Cavaleiro, Costa, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Vinagre, Traore

The big news as far as Newcastle are concerned is that record signing Miguel Almiron only makes the bench. Manager Rafael Benitez retains the starting XI that narrowly lost to Tottenham in their last Premier League game.

Newcastle: Dubravka, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Yedlin, Ritchie, Hayden, Atsu, Longstaff, Perez, Rondon

Subs: Woodman, Diame, Kenedy, Fernandez, Manquillo, Joselu, Almiron

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