Newcastle will be keen to get back to winning ways at St James’ Park when they face Wolves on Sunday afternoon.

The Magpies had won three games in a row before being thrashed 3-0 by West Ham at home last weekend.

A midweek draw with Everton has lifted the mood, but Newcastle fans will be desperate to record another victory in the North East to scramble away from danger.

Boss Rafael Benitez has a mixed bag of team news issues going into the Wolves clash.

Matt Ritchie is available and ready to start after serving a one-game suspension for collecting five yellow cards.

Unfortunately, centre-back Fabian Schar will miss the Wolves clash after picking up a ban.

Benitez is still tipped to start with three centre-backs, with Federico Fernandez set to be joined by Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark at the back.

Kenedy remains a doubt with a toe injury, meaning Jacob Murphy will get a chance on the left wing.

Paul Dummett and Isaac Hayden remain sidelined with injury problems, while Karl Darlow and Florian Lejeune are long-term absentees.

Salomon Rondon has started to producing big, battling displays for the Magpies and will continue to lead the line alone, though Yoshinori Muto will be itching for a chance to shine.

Predicted Newcastle team vs Wolves

(5-4-1) Dubravka; Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo; Ritchie, Ki, Diame, Murphy; Rondon.


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