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Wolves defence potentially in for a big test on Saturday

The Wolverhampton Wanderers defensive unit has, largely, done OK so far this season.

Currently, Wolves are the joint-fourth best team in the Premier League defensively, with five goals conceded in six games.

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That is the same number as Manchester United, Brighton and Brentford.

It’s a decent statistic considering Wolves only brought in Yerson Mosquera – who is now out for the foreseeable future – in the summer and are perceived to have ‘weak’ defensive options.

Conor Coady, Max Kilman and Romain Saiss has probably performed above expectation on the whole, although there have been some shaky displays.

Their latest test is Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Magpies are yet to win in 2021/22 and are currently missing main striker Callum Wilson through injury.

But potentially a tough outing still awaits.

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Allan Saint-Maximin has made a flying start for Newcastle despite their struggles as a collective.

He already has two goals and three assists to his name, and he’s undoubtedly looking dangerous.

He has been cropping up in all sorts of positions, so it is difficult to pinpoint one Wolves player to deal with him.

Arguably, every defender needs to be absolutely on it on Saturday.

Saint-Maximin a huge threat

Wolves have got to watch out.

Newcastle may be struggling but the Frenchman is a gamechanger.

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It is going to be vital to get close to him and not allow him to run with the ball. That is when he is most dangerous.

It would be no surprise to see Bruno Lage give the instruction to double-up on him, much like opposing managers often do for their teams with Adama Traore.