Newcastle United's start to the new Premier League campaign has been relatively up and down so far, with two wins, two losses and one draw from five matches.

Roughly the same can be said for their next opponents, Wolves; Nuno Espirito Santo's outfit have won three games but lost two, conceding two more goals than they have scored along the way.

The Magpies and Wolves are actually comparable in a number of areas, with Steve Bruce and Nuno often favouring back five systems since taking over at their respective clubs.

Even when more recently playing a back four, Bruce likes to have his two central midfielders - usually Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden - sitting deep.

Those formations permit both United and Wolves to sit deep, soak pressure and play on the counter-attack, with their offensive players often having to cope without support at times as they carry the ball up the field.

Bruce and Nuno both possess their very own trump card, with the former able to benefit from the unpredictable nature of Allan Saint-Maximin while the latter profits from the explosive talent that is Adama Traore.

The two wide players are amongst the trickiest in Europe to handle, with the duo developing reputations for dribbling which can be captured using the numbers.

Last season - based on players who amassed at least 900 minutes on the field in the Premier League - Traore and Saint-Maximin placed first and second in the division for completed dribbles per 90 according to Statsbomb data, followed by Moussa Djenepo and Wilfried Zaha.

They also placed first and second for average number of players dribbled past, and they both accumulated three nutmegs over the course of the season.

When it comes to carries without directly taking on opponents, Saint-Maximin and Traore both ranked inside the top five places for progressive distance per 90, which involved moving the ball with their feet towards the opponent's goal.

Traore carried the ball roughly 300 yards closer to goal per 90 last season, with Saint-Maximin averaging 261 yards per 90. The other players inside the top five included Felipe Anderson, Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte, with the latter two names capitalising on the space afforded to them in defence.

It is much harder for the likes of Saint-Maximin and Traore to carry the ball up the pitch because opponents tend to surround them and the spaces are tighter closer to goal, yet they still manage to prosper.

Traore's start to the new season has been slow in comparison to Saint-Maximin's, with no goals or assists registered and only three starts from a possible five. Meanwhile, the Frenchman on Tyneside has started every match that he's been available for (4) and he's also posted a goal and an assist.

Ultimately, though, as the Toon's clash with Wolves approaches, it's reasonable to suggest that whoever shines brightest on the day between the two will contribute a lot towards delivering three points for his team.