Newcastle United: 5 Key Battles vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Thomas Atzenhoffer@socceratzCorrespondent IISeptember 30, 2011

Newcastle United: 5 Key Battles vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

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    Newcastle go into the first game of October with an unblemished record. I honestly do not know the last time that has happened for the Geordie club and it certainly has fans around the Toon excited to get on with another month of EPL football.

    This weekend, they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers for a match they are more than capable of winning, but could see some frustration in as Mick McCarthy's team can be scrappy and get results at times.

    So far, the Magpies have managed a top-four place in the EPL going into the seventh week of action, and the boost that Demba Ba looks to be giving the club is immense now that he is ready to go.

    Wolves are equally as excited to start a new month as they had a great August before failing to win a single EPL match in September.

    There is much to be excited about as a Newcastle fan as we take a look at five of the key matchups that we will see throughout the match making a difference.

Karl Henry vs Ismael Cheik Tiote

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    Karl Henry is known to mix it up with anyone and everyone that gets to him or in his way.

    On the Newcastle side of things, Ismael Cheik Tiote will be most likely to help deal with Henry this week and they will both be fighting to establish dominance in the midfield for their club.

Steven Fletcher vs Fabricio Coloccini

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    Steven Fletcher so far has been the biggest goal threat for Wolves this season. He currently leads the team in scoring and while it is only two goals for now, he will be pushing for more with the return of Matt Jarvis.

    Newcastle's captain Fabricio Coloccini helped them secure victory in the Carling Cup a week ago, and continues to look better every match under Alan Pardew. He will be tasked with shutting down the Wolves danger man up front.

Yohan Cabaye vs Jamie O'Hara

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    While Henry and Tiote battle over the physical side of the midfield, Jamie O'Hara and former Lille star Yohan Cabaye will be hoping to exert creative control over the pitch.

    O'Hara has been a good pickup for Wolves since they made his switch permanent over the summer from Tottenham.

    Cabaye looks to be the buy of the season so far for Newcastle, and was a key topic in this week's Round Table Discussion on Bleacher Report.

Matt Jarvis vs Ryan Taylor

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    Matt Jarvis is plain and simply the creative glue that holds Wolverhampton's attack together. The time he spent away injured severely hurt the ability of Wolves to produce offense.

    He will be the task of Ryan Taylor to deal with as well as Danny Simpson at times, because he is known to switch flanks periodically.

    If there is one player who is the x-factor for Wolves to steal points, it is Jarvis for sure.

Demba Ba vs Christophe Berra

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    Demba Ba only needed 54 minutes to rip Blackburn Rovers apart and make his name a household compliment on Tyneside.

    His hat trick against Rovers last weekend showcased all of the reasons why Alan Pardew prized him away from West Ham United this summer.

    Christophe Berra will have his hands full against the Senegalese striker, and in doing so hopefully be distracted enough for Leon Best to best Wayne Hennessey a time of two.

Conclusions and Preview

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    Alan Pardew will have his side ready and prepared once again this week as Newcastle hope for at least another point to add to their total in order to keep their unbeaten streak alive.

    If Demba Ba is up for it again, it could be another scoring spree for the player and kick off October with a bang before the international break.

    In all likelihood, I see the Toon taking the match 2-1 against a tough but not good enough Wolves team.

    You can read the full match preview in this weeks English Premier League: Week 7 Previews and Predictions.

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