Bruno Lage has chosen his Wolves starting eleven to face Aston Villa this afternoon.

It’s Lage’s first Midlands derby as Wolves manager as the club return to action after the international break.

Villa will be tricky opponents on what is the only Midlands derby in the Premier League this season.

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The big team news is that Raul Jimenez has been dropped to the bench after his international exploits with Mexico.

There has been a formation tweak, with three central midfielders playing as Leander Dendoncker comes into the side.

Adama Traore replaces Francisco Trincao, in what looks like a 5-3-2 system from Lage.

Jimenez should come off the bench in the second half, which could Wolves a boost.

Emi Martinez and Douglas Luiz were in action for Brazil and Argentina and are starting for Villa.


Wolves have decided to take a more conservative stance with Jimenez’s fitness.

Here is how that decision has gone down on Twitter ahead of a big Midlands derby…

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