Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Newcastle United: A look ahead to Super Sunday's clash
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Christian Atsu of Newcastle United battles for possession with Joao Moutinho of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Molineux on January 11, 2020 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

It's been an up-and-down opening to a Newcastle United campaign which promised hope, and whilst it started off with a bang in the capital,  there have been some bumpy moments since.

After a disappointing conclusion to their encounter with Manchester United seven days ago, things aren't about to get much easier.

A clash with Wolves awaits Steve Bruce on Sunday, with the hosts settling into a fine run of form. 

A professional display at Leeds United on Monday evening earned three points that elevated them up to into the top six. 

As Bruce pointed out in his pre-match press conference, his team went unbeaten last season against their opponents tomorrow despite them clinching seventh spot. 

Hosts enter as favourites 

It hasn't been the prettiest of starts for Newcastle; they've had to scrap for their points mostly but despite that, still sit in midtable. 

Their defensive structure has taken some hammerings at times, but in the final third they do look sharper.

A proper outlet in Callum Wilson, who has raced to four goals in five, has given his new side a boost.

We've seen an improved Joelinton playing off the former Bournemouth man, but United have still spent more time than they would have liked in their own half this season.

Wolves on the other hand continue to impress, and despite a steady start, they have begun to hit the gas and find their form again following an uncharacteristic thrashing by West Ham United last month. 

The Magpies' record at Molineux isn't too bad though, and need a response after last week.

Match-ups

All eyes will be focused on whether Miguel Almiron or Ryan Fraser are awarded starts after they were both left out of the defeat last week despite both showing flashes of form during their brief minutes so far. 

Tomorrow's hosts should be in buoyant mood after two consecutive Premier League wins though. 

They have showed some tendency to struggle against sides that crowd men behind the ball, hence their two 1-1 draws against the Magpies in 2019-20. 

However, it is no secret where they carry threat and they have attacking personnel capable of hurting most teams. 

It will be a mental and physical test for United tomorrow, but an unbeaten away record out of the two games against the Hammers and Tottenham should give them a ray of hope.

Injury boost for the Magpies 

There were U23 appearances during the week for United's Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett and Matty Longstaff, the latter featuring twice.

The additions of the defensive duo provide a welcome boost for Bruce, who has been stretched in that area this term.

If the management persist with a back four, Dummett may offer some competition for Jamal Lewis on the left-hand side despite most supporters favouring him plying his trade centrally.

The fitness of Karl Darlow, however, was still in doubt on the eve of the weekend. 

A near-faultless start to his season may have surprised a few, but he has assured himself as first name on the team-sheet as Martin Dubravka remains sidelined with a foot problem. 

There will still be no Matt Ritchie of course, but Sean Longstaff is also set to travel after overcoming a bout of tonsillitis, whilst there are still question marks over Isaac Hayden's hamstring.

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