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Traore vs Saint-Maximin is the battle that could decide Wolves vs Newcastle

Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Newcastle United in their next Premier League game.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s pack are looking for their third victory on the bounce after wins over Southampton and Leeds United.

Standing in their way of another three points on Saturday is a Newcastle side who are now firmly in a relegation battle.

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The Magpies sit just three points ahead of Fulham, and are fighting for their Premier League lives.

Steve Bruce has lost key man Callum Wilson to injury, but Wolves would be naive to think there won’t be any other threats this weekend.

One particular cause for concern will be Allan Saint-Maximin.

The French ace – injured for a lot of the 2020/21 campaign – scored his second goal of the season in the defeat to Manchester United, and represents a beacon of hope for a lot of Newcastle supporters.

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It’s likely the Magpies will look to the £16.5 million star (BBC Sport) for inspiration, and keeping him quiet will be paramount.

He’s pretty much the Adama Traore of Newcastle – very fast, unpredictable and capable of providing something special.

While it’s important for Wolves to shackle Saint-Maximin, Nuno will also need Traore to outshine him on the day.

Traore must outshine ASM

The spotlight will be on these two players when the sides meet at St. James’ Park.

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They have often been compared to one another in the past.

One would like to think that Traore is the better player, although Newcastle fans will obviously argue the opposite.

Whichever one shines brightest on the day could well give their side a brilliant chance of taking all three points.

Hopefully Traore working from that left side where he looks a little more effective will come up trumps.