Huddersfield Town travel to St James' Park this weekend to take on a Newcastle United side brought back down to earth following a shock defeat to Fulham last weekend.
The Terriers on the other hand are riding high in the league having beaten Brentford in their Championship opener, putting to bed the demons from the same fixture last year - when they were turned over 5-1 by the Bees.
David Wagner's full-throttle style and cultivation of the Terrier identity has brought him many plaudits since the weekend win, but the German's side will face their biggest test in the next fixture and will have to pick themselves up from a shock cup exit at the hands of Shrewsbury.
Newcastle will be out for blood after stalling in their first match this campaign and if Rafa Benitez's men are destined to lift the title, they will have to perform much better than they did at Craven Cottage.
The experienced Benitez will not accept a double-defeat to start the Championship season and the Toon will definitely come out stronger at St James' Park on 'Black and White Day' on Saturday.
Town however will head to the North East buoyed by both Newcastle's result and their own performance last week and, if they win these three key battles, they will notch another three points at the weekend.
Aaron Mooy v Matt Ritchie
Aaron Mooy was the best player on the pitch at the John Smith's Stadium last week, creating four chances for his team-mates and completing 84 per cent of his passes.
Although the Australian didn't unleash a strike at the Brentford goal, Mooy was Town's most influential player going forward, and was equally solid at the back.
Mooy conceded one foul in the 90 minutes, but won 100 per cent of his tackles, made one clearance and four interceptions and recovered the ball five times for his side.
In contrast, Newcastle's Matt Ritchie was the Toon's most influential string-puller.
An 82.6 per cent passing accuracy is slightly less than his Huddersfield Town counterpart's, but seven recoveries and two successful tackles slightly edge Mooy's statistics - but that is absolutely fine.
Town can take comfort in the fact that Newcastle's most creative player last week carved out just one opportunity for his team-mates - three less than Mooy, who played his 90 minutes as a deep-lying midfielder.
Only 33.3 per cent of Ritchie's crosses found their man and only two of his four shots hit the target.
If the Terriers' Aussie maestro can dominate the match as he did last week and Newcastle fail to utilise the former Bournemouth midfielder again, Huddersfield Town should be able to be the more creative side at St James' Park this weekend.
Elias Kachunga/Kasey Palmer v Ayoze Perez/Dwight Gayle
In terms of goals, Elias Kachunga and Kasey Palmer scored two to Newcastle's zero last week, with the Town pair having more service than Newcastle strike duo Ayoze Perez and Dwight Gayle.
Gayle did not get a shot away at Craven Cottage and created just one chance in the 90 minutes he had on the pitch.
Perez's stats were no more impressive, with the Spaniard missing the target with his only strike, creating no chances for his team-mates and failing to find a black and white shirt with his two crosses into the box.
For Town, Elias Kachunga scored with his one shot on target in the 65 minutes he had on the pitch, putting another effort wide of the posts.
The man on loan from FC Ingolstadt 04 found his man with all 18 of his attempted passes, creating three chances for his team-mates in the process.
He was backed up by Kasey Palmer who scored with his only shot of the match in the 12 minutes he had on the pitch.
The Terriers should be confident of their striking talent going in to the weekend's match - with Nahki Wells likely to join Kachunga and Palmer in the match-day squad - and could well be able to carve out more goal-scoring opportunities than the home side who have lacked a cutting edge for over a season.
The Toon duo did however win three free kicks in good areas for the Magpies in the last match. Town must be wary of giving away fouls around the box as Ritchie has the quality to punish teams from set pieces.
Mark Hudson v Grant Hanley
Town fans scored Mark Hudson's performance against Brentford a 5.7 out of 10 - the lowest graded Terrier by a distance.
His Newcastle counterpart - former Blackburn skipper Grant Hanley - was rated a five out of 10 by the Newcastle chronicle's chief football writer Lee Ryder for his showing in the Toon's opening day defeat to Fulham.
Bopth players had days to forget, with Hudson winning one of three 50-50s and Hanley winning four of eight of his duels. what is more telling is that neither defender made a tackle throughout the combined 180 minutes they had on the pitch.
The Huddersfield man made four clearances and two interceptions compared to Hanley's six clearances and no interceptions, and the pair's stats are reasonably similar in terms of defending.
What could be the difference between the sides this weekend are the performances of their centre-backs.
Hudson and Hanley are both capable of better, and Newcastle United will be hoping their man can regain his match-fitness in time for the weekend as third centre-half Chancel Mbemba likely to be out injured.
Town on the other hand have a plethora of defensive options, with players such as Michael Hefele waiting in the wings should the manager want to change the back four.
If another player was to step in and shore up the back, Town could well keep a blunt Newcastle attack at bay and could expose the Magpies' defensive frailties through Kachunga, Palmer and Wells.