Newcastle United's Wilson is a major doubt for Chelsea clash (Wilson is celebrating in the photo)
Newcastle United's English striker Callum Wilson (R) celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Newcastle United's French midfielder Allan Saint-Maximin (L) during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Burnley at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on October 3, 2020. (Photo by STU FORSTER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Newcastle United will face off against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux Stadium on Sunday evening hoping to return to winning ways in the Premier League. The Magpies suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United last weekend, so Steve Bruce would be desperate to get a positive response from his players when they travel to the West Midlands this weekend.

The Tyneside outfit will set themselves up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Bruce opting to name Ryan Fraser and Miguel Almiron in his starting XI for this tough league encounter on the road.

4-2-3-1 Newcastle United Predicted Lineup To Face Wolves

Defence

Karl Darlow will be in a race against time to be fit for this clash, but Mark Gillespie will be on standby just in case the former Nottingham Forest talent fails to recover from his knock this weekend. Jamaal Lascelles will once again partner Federico Fernandez at the heart of the Magpies backline as they look to keep Wolves’ Raul Jimenez in check during the 90 minutes.

Javier Manquillo could get the nod to operate at right-back while Jamal Lewis hopes to put on a good show on the other side as the left-back. Bruce will ask both his full-backs to drop deep and defend in numbers so that they can restrict the Wolves attackers from creating too many chances out on the wide areas.

Fabian Schar and Emil Krafth should make up the numbers on the Newcastle bench as they offer some cover for the defensive positions.

4-2-3-1 Newcastle United Predicted Lineup Vs Wolves (Newcastle players are seen in the picture)
Callum Wilson of Newcastle United celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at London Stadium on September 12, 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Midfield

Isaac Hayden is a slight concern ahead of this game but should recover in time to play with Jonjo Shelvey in the holding midfield positions. The pacey trio of Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron and Ryan Fraser will operate just ahead of them as they look to link up with each other and cause some problems for the opposition defenders.

Jeff Hendrick and Jacob Murphy might have to settle for a spot on the bench as they wait for their opportunity to make an impact in the second half if required.

Attack

Callum Wilson will once again lead the line for the Tyneside giants up top. The English striker has made a vibrant start to his Newcastle career as he has already banged in four goals and provided one assist in his five Premier League appearances thus far. Hence, we can expect him to be Bruce’s best hope for a goal away at the Molineux Stadium this weekend.

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