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Head to Head records: Home v Wolves

Rondon scored his 3rd league goal of the season in midweek. Picture courtesy of The Chronicle.

On Sunday afternoon, we will be welcoming the visit of a newly promoted side for the first time this season.

Wolves took last season's Championship by storm last year and deservedly returned to the Premier League following a six-year absence and spent the 2013/14 season in League One. With an abundance of quality in their ranks, they are side that can be feared and have adapted really well to the Premier League which is now a very different league since they were last in it. Key players like Ruben Neves, loanee Raul Jimenez and goalkeeper Rui Patricio shows that the midlands club mean business.

Last time out, the two teams achieved positive results. Wolves came from behind to beat Chelsea who have suffered since their first defeat of the season a few weeks ago. Simultaneously, an excellent defensive display was to thank for the Magpies to come away from Goodison Park with a draw to place them four points clear of the tight relegation zone.

After the Wolves match, Newcastle have two winnable games before Christmas. Their shortest away trip this season next week against Huddersfield followed by Claudio Ranieri's Fulham who have been leaking goals this season.

Facts and Figures

All Competitions

Wolves wins: 39

Newcastle wins: 32

Draws: 23

Top flight

Wolves wins: 28

Newcastle wins: 27

Draws: 17

Top flight at St. James' Park

Newcastle wins: 22

Draws: 8

Wolves wins: 6

Previous ten (all competitions)

Newcastle wins: 4 (16 goals)

Draws: 4

Wolves wins: 2 (12 goals)

Biggest win: Newcastle United 8 - 0 Wolves (11/11/1905)

Biggest defeat: Newcastle United 1 - 4 Wolves (01/01/1990)

Lovenkrands scoring Newcastle's third goal in their last league win at home to Wolves. Picture courtesy of NUFC Blog.

Memory Lane

Newcastle United 4 - 1 Wolves - 02/04/2011 (Premier League)

Following defeats in both of the club's matches in March, Newcastle began April in perfect fashion with a convincing 4-1 home win to move back into the top half of the table. It was also a win that increased Wolves' relegation fears. The win was Newcastle first Premier League win at St. James' Park on Saturday 3pm kick-off since the second game of the 2008/09 season when Michael Owen scored the only goal of the game against Bolton.

Steve Harper:

Danny Simpson:

Fabricio Coloccini:

Mike Williamson:

Shane Ferguson:

Joey Barton:

Kevin Nolan: The skipper broke the deadlock after 22 minutes with his 12th goal of the season. Mike Williamsons' long ball was flicked on by Ameobi which set Nolan through on goal and he delivered by slipping the ball through the legs of the onrushing goalkeeper, Wayne Hennesey. It was sadly the last time that the Newcastle faithful witnessed the great captain's chicken dance as he failed to score in the remaining seven games of the season and he left to go to West Ham and be reunited with former boss, Sam Allardyce in the summer.

Danny Guthrie:

Jonas Gutierrez: The Argentine made gave the scoreline a glossier look when he scored a fourth. He paraded forward with the ball in added time down the left wing. From just outside the box he expertly placed with into the bottom right corner of the goal to send the fans home happy with their first win on a weekend in exactly three months after the win away at Wigan on New Year's weekend.

Peter Lovenkrands: The great Dane made the game safe by slotting in a third soon after the start of the second half. There was a suspicion of offside but he was just onside when Joey Barton picked him out with a low cross.

Shola Ameobi: Two months before this fixture, Ameobi broke a cheekbone in the match away at Fulham which kept him out on the sidelines for a matter of weeks. Shola returned and had to wear a protective mask but that did not stop him powering home a header to double Newcastle's lead on the stroke of half time. It was an excellent performance in the match from Ameobi which was recognised by manager, Alan Pardew in his post-match interview.

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