Wolves v Newcastle United preview

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Updated: October 1, 2011

Inform Newcastle will make the trip to Molineaux to face Wolves looking to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact.

With six goals between them so far this season the form of Leon Best and Demba Ba, who opened his account for the season with a hat trick against Blackburn, has been key to the rise of Alan Pardew’s side although an uncharacteristically strong defence has been a key foundation for their new found resilience.

Sunderland, Fulham and Blackburn have all been accounted for so far with QPR and Aston Villa the only dropped points.

Wolves meanwhile are on a run of three straight league defeats having started the season in bright fashion, defeats to Spurs, Liverpool and QPR has seen 7 goals conceded and just one scored.

Mick McCarthy could be without Stearman after the defender suffered a toe injury during the 2-1 defeat against Liverpool and if he is ruled out it could mean a start for 19-year-old Irish defender Matt Doherty.

Striker Steven Fletcher, who scored against Liverpool, has recovered from the groin problem which saw him start last week on the bench however Jody Craddock, Ronald Zubar, Kevin Foley and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake are still unavailable through injury.

Davide Santon meanwhile could be in line to make his Magpies debut after being included in the Newcastle squad for the first time. The 20-year-old summer signing from Inter played 90 minutes for the reserves in midweek after having fluid drained from his knee

However, striker Shola Ameobi will miss out once again with a shoulder injury, while Alan Smith (hamstring) and Mike Williamson (broken arm) remain on the sidelines.

Wolves (from): Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Hunt, Henry, O’Hara, Jarvis, Edwards, Doyle, Doherty, Fletcher, Guedioura, De Vries, Elokobi, Hammill, Milijas.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Harper, Simpson, R. Taylor, Santon, Ferguson, Coloccini, S. Taylor, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Obertan, Gosling, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Abeid, Vuckic, Ba, Lovenkrands, Best, Sammy Ameobi.

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