Wolves v Newcastle is all about 3 points just like any other match but the added spice of Jonjo Shelvey meeting up once again with his accusers, does give it an extra edge.
The timing is also immaculate as Romain Saiss hasn’t played for Wolves since December but could be involved on Saturday.
Like Christian Atsu he has been away at the African Cup of Nations, with Saiss playing all four matches before Morocco were knocked out by eventual losing finalists Egypt.
The fact that it was actually a number of the player’s Wolves teammates who actually gave the evidence against Shelvey, rather than Romain Saiss, also means that the idea of this being a one on one potential grudge is out of the window.
Instead, with Jonjo Shelvey still pleading his innocence after completing his suspension, it is more the Newcastle playmaker having issues with half the Wolves players.
The former Liverpool player is even more key to the team in the likely continued absence of Dwight Gayle, so the last thing that’s needed is any reaction to what is sure to be a 90 minutes where Wolves will be intent on winding Shelvey up.
A player who always looks up for engaging in verbals with the opposition, if ever there was a match where he should let his feet do the talking, it is this one.
This is a really bad choice of live TV match for Newcastle as this Jonjo Shelvey rematch with the Wolves is sure to be a major topic for pundits and of course the match officials ahead of the game.
With five games missed the last time, any further opportunity for the authorities to get involved could/would be disastrous for both Jonjo Shelvey and Newcastle United, interesting to see just how up for it Wolves are in terms of testing the playmaker’s patience.