As the Premier League enters its tenth matchday, Newcastle find themselves in a much better position points-wise than this time last year. However, we are similarly in the dreaded bottom three.
Last year at this point, Newcastle had just 2 draws in their first nine games. However, in the capable hands of Rafa Benitez, there was no panic on Tyneside.
Rightfully so as Newcastle would go on a four-game unbeaten streak beginning with a draw in the tenth game of the season at Southampton. Then it was three straight wins.
Bruce has a chance to capture his third win on Sunday against Wolves, who play this evening against Slovakian club Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League.
We have to hope that Wolves, who sit 13th in the table after their own four-game unbeaten streak in the league, suffer from a bit of European fatigue on Sunday.
Paul Dummett– could he make his return to the pitch this Sunday?
Newcastle will likely be without five players for the match. Florian Lejeune and Matt Ritchie are still recovering from long-term injuries while Andy Carroll (groin) and Fabian Schar (knee) have suffered recent knocks. Isaac Hayden will serve the final game of his three-match suspension for the red card at Leicester City.
Wolves have had excellent luck on the injury front under Nuno Espirito Santo. That should continue against Newcastle on Sunday with just defender Ryan Bennett and winger Pedro Neto likely to miss out but with fairly innocuous injuries.
The next three matches before the November international break are crucial to Steve Bruce and this team. We need to win games like this Sunday at St James Park. Then it’s West Ham away before we take on Bournemouth in another vital home match.
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