Fri 1 Mar 2024, 08:29 · Ash Harrison

'Has to change': Chris Sutton now predicts who will win on Saturday - Newcastle or Wolves

'Has to change': Chris Sutton now predicts who will win on Saturday - Newcastle or Wolves
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Wolverhampton Wanderers travel to St James' Park to take on Newcastle United on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off in the Premier League.

The last time the two sides met it finished in a 2-2 with Callum Wilson bagging two for Newcastle and Mario Lemina and Hwang Hee-Chan netting for Wolves.

Neither Callum Wilson nor Hwang Hee-Chan will feature on Saturday as both are out injured but that's not stopping pundits from predicting that there will be goals in this game.

Chris Sutton is backing Newcastle for a win

Paul Merson went for a 3-2 Newcastle win in his prediction, and it's often been the case that Chris Sutton is usually very similar if not exactly the same with his guesses.

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St James' Park needs to get its mojo back

This time, however, Chris Sutton has played it a bit more safe with his score prediction for the BBC, but has gone for the same result, albeit a different scoreline.

"Just as I've been doing with Everton, I keep backing Newcastle at home but they haven't won any of their past four games at St James' Park.

"That has to change if Eddie Howe is going to keep his job. I don't think he is on the verge of being sacked but he does need a strong end to the season to maintain that belief that he is the man to take them forward.

"Of course he is striving to do that but, right now, they are 10th and miles off the kind of form they showed to crack the Champions League places last season, when Howe over-achieved.

"Wherever they finish in the table, they need to get back to being the swashbuckling team they were earlier on in this campaign.

"The more I think about it, the more I think Wolves will nick this but I am actually going to keep backing Newcastle, because the law of averages means they are going to win at St James' Park again sooner or later.

"Sutton's prediction: 2-1"

St James' Park needs to get back to being a fortress

He's right you know, we will win again at St James' Park, but it had better be sooner rather than later as if we are to stand any chance of scraping into Europe we need to start picking up three points more regularly.

Newcastle have won two, drawn two and lost three Premier League games in 2024 which is not ideal, and those two wins both came on the road.

It's time to get back to winning ways in front of the home crowd, starting on Saturday.