Wolverhampton are in position to make some club history in the Premier League, but that's not what manager Nuno Espirito Santo wants his side to be focused on Monday night.
Regardless, Wolves have the chance to post a team-record fourth straight Premier League victory when they host Newcastle United in a primetime affair.
Wolves (11-5-9) entered this matchday seventh in the table thanks to a three-match league winning streak that's featured 10 goals scored against Leicester City, West Ham United and Everton. Wolverhampton have never won four in a row in the Premier League era.
Nuno, however, didn't want to talk about milestones ahead of this contest.
"We're not here for the records, we're not here for that," he told Wolves' official website. "What we are here for is to improve, to work as a team, stay humble and work hard. Trying to achieve to the best performance that we can in every game. This is the mentality that we have."
The Wanderers are 4-1-0 in their last five matches over all competitions thanks to some continued success in the FA Cup. But right now, the focus is on staying hot Monday night against Newcastle.
"We are very pleased," Nuno added. "We had tough games and the response of the team has been good, but we know that the most important one is the next one."
Wolves also won three top-flight matches in a row to open December, which included a 2-1 victory at Newcastle on Dec. 9. Diogo Jota scored early and Matt Doherty added the winner in the 94th minute to stun the St. James' faithful.
The Magpies (6-6-13) played a good chunk of that game with 10 men after DeAndre Yedlin was sent off in the 57th minute for pulling down Jota. The Newcastle side didn't necessarily agree with the call, but are only concerned with the present, not the past.
"We knew after the game (at St. James), watching the replays that everything was wrong and that we didn't deserve to lose the game, but we cannot change that," Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez told the club's official website. "We have to concentrate now on this one. And it's an opportunity for us because every game is like a final. This is the first one and we have to play all of the finals with everyone fully focused."
The Magpies had won two straight within the league, including 2-1 over Manchester City on Jan. 29, before falling 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur on Feb. 2. Newcastle appeared to be headed for at least a point but Heung-Min Son scored the eventual winner in the 83rd winner for Spurs.
As Newcastle look to bounce back from that defeat, they'll receive some reinforcements to help the cause. Paul Dummett, Ki Sung-yueng, Mohamed Diame and Karl Darlow are all fit and expected to be available for this contest. So too is Yoshinori Muto, back from the Asian Cup, and recently acquired Miguel Almiron.
"It is important to have everyone if it is possible, but especially when at this time you are playing for everything," Benitez said.Bet Now
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