Premier League Odds: Howe demands Magpies response

Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe has undoubtedly improved Newcastle United’s fortunes but, having struggled over recent weeks, he is keen to see his side step up when host Wolves on Friday (Match betting – Newcastle 13/10, Draw 21/10, Wolves 23/10).

Newcastle sat 19th when head coach Howe was appointed and relegation from the Premier League was a serious concern, but they are in a much stronger position with eight games to go.

A run of nine games unbeaten between December and March saw the north-east outfit climb out of the drop zone and offer solid hope of survival.

However, after losing all of their last three, relegation can’t be completely ruled out, but they do hold a seven-point buffer to the bottom three.

With eight games left to play, including the home clash with Wolves (10/1 – Top 6 finish), Howe is keen to see his side get back on the winning path, although he concedes Friday’s opponents, who are eighth and seeking European football, will pose a tough test.

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Howe said: “Their record away from home has been very good all season. They’re tight at the back and they’ve got players that can hurt you with the ball. We believe we can beat anybody when we bring our A-game so we have to bring it.

“I do feel we’ve made great strides in recent months, but you’re always accountable for your recent performances so we have to respond now. That’s how football works, that’s how it should work. We have to respond now.

“And we’re looking forward to getting the opportunity to do it.”

Howe has confirmed that forward Miguel Almiron is available once again, but the hosts need to make a late call on Joe Willock as he looks to manage an ongoing knee issue.

The visitors don’t have any new injury worries, but striker Raul Jimenez is unavailable as he serves the second game of a two-match suspension.

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