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Newcastle United vs Wolves: Premier League Asia Trophy

​Newcastle United will face up to the tactical know-how of Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espírito Santo in their first game of pre-season in Nanjing.

Compared to the usual standard of opening pre-season opponents this will provide a stiff test for the Magpies against the side that finished seventh in the Premier League last season and qualified for the Europa League.

In previous years, Newcastle have warmed up against St Patrick's Athletic in Ireland and Hearts from the SPL.

Although, it has to be said that Wolves go into the clash with Newcastle looking different to the side that enjoyed such a great first campaign after promotion last season.

Nuno has just 12 senior outfield players on duty in China with a host of players, including last season's 17-goal top scorer Raul Jimenez, all rested due to various international commitments this summer.

Newcastle are also looking a little different to last season with six members of the Under-23 squad plus the likes of Achraf Lazaar, Rolando Aarons and Freddie Woodman all spent time in the second string last season.

There's no Salomon Rondon anymore for United while Mo Diame and Ayoze Perez's exits have depleted Newcastle even more.

With Florian Lejeune and DeAndre Yedlin are still recovering from injuries, Rondon has gone, Christian Atsu and Miguel Almiron not yet back from their respective international commitments and Perez sold, it will be a much-changed line-up to the one that drew with Wolves back in February.

Nevertheless, Nuno is not taking United lightly.

Speaking before the game, which kicks off at 11 AM UK time on Wednesday, Nuno said: "It is going to be tough because we have a very short squad, we brought a lot of boys, under-18s to help us.

"We prepare ourselves, but at the same time we are in a different environment, so we have to be flexible, patient and try to do our job.

"The opposition is very good.

"We’re going to play against Newcastle and then we’ll see.

"The Asia Trophy is very important, a very good competition."

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