'They could not win a game for toffee' – Pundit's prediction as Newcastle take

They’ve only done it four times in 15 Premier League games but Paul Merson is backing Wolves to score twice for the second time in four days.

Fresh from their morale-boosting victory over Chelsea, Nuno takes his team to Newcastle on Sunday where they will hope to confine their recent winless run to a distant memory.

However, for all the positivity generated by downing Maurizio Sarri’s men, the Sky Sports pundit reckons the Old Gold defence will leak too.

In his regular prediction slot the former Villa man reckons it’ll be honours even at St James’ Park.

“This is a hard game to call. Newcastle were slaughtered at home by West Ham but then they go to Everton, who were very unlucky against Liverpool, and get a draw.

“It’s the same for Wolves.

“They could not win a game for toffee but then they go and get a great result after being a goal down to beat Chelsea.

“It’s so hard to predict and that’s why everybody loves the Premier League. I think this will be a very entertaining game.

“Newcastle must come out and try to win and Wolves play like that anyway, so I think there will be goals.

“Prediction is Newcastle 2 Wolves 2.”

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Wolves ’ youngster Harry Burgoyne has had his loan to Plymouth Argyle cancelled by mutual consent.

The 21-year-old did not make a first team appearance for the Pilgrims after breaking his ankle in pre-season.

Burgoyne returned to action at the start of this week when he played for Wolves Under-23s in a Premier League Cup draw at Oxford United.

Argyle manager Derek Adams told Plymouth Live : “He was due to be on loan to us until January but it has been cancelled between ourselves and Wolves.

“We stopped paying Wolves (Burgoyne’s wages) at the end of last month to allow him to play for their U23 team.”

Burgoyne suffered his long-term injury in a training session during Argyle’s pre-season training camp in the Netherlands.

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As a result, Adams signed goalkeeper Matt Macey on a season-long loan from Arsenal and he has been an ever present for Argyle in League One.

Adams said: “We took in Matt Macey to replace Harry when he unfortunately broke his ankle. From that point of view, we will now be able to use the finance somewhere else.”

Plymouth Live say Burgoyne is likely to be keen on another loan spell away from Wolves for the second half of the season because he wants to be involved in England’s squad for the European U21 Championship in Italy next June.

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Wolves’ spirited displays against the Premier League big-boys this season have earned them a prime-time TV slot against Liverpool in the FA Cup third round.

The Molineux clash with the Reds will be broadcast live on BBC1 on Monday January 7 (19:45).

So far this season Wolves have impressed against the top sides in the division, beating Chelsea and taking points off Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton.

It’s one of the reasons why the game has been handpicked by the BBC for live viewing, and why both Sky Sports and BT Sport will be encouraged to screen further games in 2019.

Last season, bitter rivals Albion beat Liverpool in the FA Cup, so will Wolves make it another miserable night for Jurgen Klopp’s men?

If they do see off the second-placed Premier league side, they will be in the hat for the fourth round, which will also be drawn live from Molineux.

Last night’s victory against Chelsea helped end a run of five games without a win.

And it appears that Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are actually a better-performing side against the stronger teams in the division.

Wolves came close to salvaging a draw against Tottenham Hotspur, too, in a recent 3-2 defeat. They also performed admirably against the Manchester clubs and at the Emirates,.

Potential re-arrangements

Fans should be aware, however, that should the tie finish level and result in a replay at Anfield, or Manchester City are held by Rotherham, Wolves’ Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium will be brought forward to Sunday January 13.

The trip to Manchester is currently scheduled for Monday January 14, so supporters are strongly advised to delay arranging any travel and accommodation for the game.