Our match prediction:
Newcastle United will be looking to build on a thrilling 6-0 win at Queens Park Rangers when they welcome Wolverhampton at their St. James’ Park on Matchday 8. The Magpies have been impressive in the Championship of late and it is more than obvious that they are desperate to return to the Premier League. Newcastle managed to keep their fifth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions in midweek and we would not be surprised if their next rivals Wolverhampton fail to score in Saturday’s football game at St. James’ Park. The Wolves suffered a heavy 4-0 loss to Barnsley at their Molineux Stadium in midweek and, as a result, they dropped to 16th place in the standings. Wolverhampton do not seem to be at the top of their game ahead of the trip to Newcastle and we predict that the high-flying Magpies are going to pick up all three points from the match.
Highligted Player (Achraf Lazaar):
Achraf Lazaar was born in Casablanca, Morocco on January 22, 1992, but he moved to Italy with his parents in 2003. The left-footed footballer began his youth career at Raja Casablanca and he joined Varese’s youth academy in 2009. Lazaar made his debut for the senior team in 2012. He made 37 league appearances for Varese, but he did not find the net during his spell at the Stadio Franco Ossola outfit. In January 2014 he signed a contract with Palermo and he has been playing for the Sicilian outfit ever since. Lazaar plays as a left back, but he is capable of producing fine displays as a left back as well. Seeing that he was unable to play for Italy, the Palermo footballer decided to represent Morocco on the international stage. He made his Morocco debut on 23 may, 2014 in a friendly against Mozambique. Morocco recorded a routine 4-0 win over Mozambique back then. Achraf Lazaar has a contract with Palermo which expires on 30 June, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Wolverhampton Wanderers):
Wolverhampton are a club that was originally known as St. Luke’s FC. The Wolves play in the Championship and they were founded in 1877. Molineux is the home ground of Wolverhampton and the capacity of the stadium is 31,700. Wolverhampton have won four FA Cup trophies (1893, 1908, 1949, 1960), with the team lifting the League Cup trophy in 1974 and 1980. The colour of the club’s shirts is orange and they wear black shorts. The Wolves wear blue jerseys when playing away from home. Wolverhampton’s main rivals are West Bromwich Albion and they have been facing each other in the Black Country derby since 1888. In their first meeting in the local derby WBA recorded a 1-0 win over Wolves. Wolverhampton have won three First Division trophies (1953/1954, 1957/1958, 1958/1959) and they have clinched four FA Cup titles as well (1893, 1908, 1949, 1960). The club’s owner is Steve Morgan.