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Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Preview – Saturday, 2nd April 2011

Fri, Apr 1, 10:08am by Kevin Pitstock

The Newcastle United v Wolves match is yet another of those games that feels it can have an effect on Premier League survival. At the moment, Newcastle are in 11th place, and Wolves in 18th place. Just four points separate them though, so a Wolves win would strike a great blow in terms of psychology and points. Newcastle’s financial figures show that owner Mike Ashley had to put serious sums of money into the club when they got relegated two seasons ago, and we rather doubt he fancies doing the same this time. This game is a 01:00 AST kick off.

Newcastle are on a run almost on a par with Aston Villa’s one win in 7 – in fact it’s slightly worse in the Premier League, just one victory in nine games. The obvious explanation for their problems is the lack of Andy Carroll up front, but that alone can’t account for their last performance, a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke City. Their home form is also suddenly a concern with 1 win in a possible six. Alan Pardew’s side have their influential midfielder Cheik Tiote suspended, and they are without James Perch and Ryan Taylor, while Jonas Gutierrez faces a fitness test. History in this fixture says go for a draw, with the last three meetings ended at 1-1.

Wolves belied their record as the worst away side in the Premier League in their last performance, a thoroughly deserved win at Aston Villa which has lifted them up to 18th. They have been in the bottom three for a long time but many of their results don’t feel like those of side destined to struggle, such as their win against Manchester United and whipping of Blackpool and they have picked up 8 points in the last four games. They are facing one big problem though, the absence of striker Kevin Doyle. Doyle is not only the top scorer with 8 goals, but a really hard worker up front. The injury worries are quite acute, especially in defence with Ronald Zubar, Steven Mouyokolo, and Michael Mancienne, all ruled out. They did manage that win at Villa without them, and Steve Fletcher is likely to have to replace the absent Doyle.

A difficult game to call, with the injury to Kevin Doyle a huge factor. We can see a draw here, and 1-1 is the scoreline in recent meetings, so we’ll stick with that. We rate the draw a 3/5 bet, and it looks good value at $3.40 with Sportsbet Australia.
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