Predicted Wolves XI to face Brentford
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Predicted Wolves XI to face Brentford

Wolves are desperately looking to get out of their rut by taking three points against Brentford in the Premier League today.

The mood around Molineux is very low right now, with Wanderers languishing in 19th place in the league table.

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It’s just two wins from the first 12 games, and only five goals scored.

The toothlessness has been painful to watch and in recent weeks, the defending has been getting worse.

Wolves are undoubtedly in a very difficult moment right now. And it’s on poor Steve Davis to try and find a solution.

The interim manager is doing his level best, but he shouldn’t still be having to take the first-team over three weeks on from the sacking of Bruno Lage.

He’s been left in charge following failed attempts to lure Julen Lopetegui and Mick Beale, and it just isn’t right.

He’ll take the team, supported by Tony Roberts and James Collins, once again at the Brentford Community Stadium.

The Bees are going steadily so far and sit in 11th place.

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Like Wolves, they lost last time out against Aston Villa. So the fixture represents a reasonable chance to get back on track.

Here’s an XI Davis might go with as Wolves make yet another trip down to the capital…

Predicted Wolves XI to face Brentford – Hwang Hee-chan to get first PL start since August

Jose Sa will keep his place, and Davis might just make one change to his defence.

Jonny Castro Otto looked worryingly off the pace against Leicester, and his general form so far this season has not been good. It would be a real surprise if Nelson Semedo didn’t replace him.

The Portuguese has also struggled this term and was very poor against Crystal Palace last week. But he’s marginally better than the Spaniard, 28, right now.

Hugo Bueno deserves to start once again on the left. The youngster has carried himself admirably over these past couple of weeks.

Nathan Collins and Maximilian Kilman should once again be the centre-back pairing.

Both need to be much improved this weekend after their shaky displays against Leicester. Especially Kilman.

Ivan Toney will present them with a real challenge, so the pair must bring their A-games.

In midfield, maybe Davis will fancy a pairing of Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes.

Nunes needs to be used more in a box-to-box role than as an attacking midfielder.

Daniel Podence has been struggling in recent games, but he’s still Wolves’ most creative player and will probably get another chance to start.

In attack, Hwang Hee-chan should come back into the side.

The South Korean hasn’t started in the Premier League since August, and it just feels like he deserves a proper chance again now. Especially since other attackers just haven’t had much influence.

The £14 million star could play from the left, or perhaps right up in a partnership with Diego Costa, with Podence to play wide left.

Hwang’s mobility in and around Costa is something that could potentially work.

And then on the right, Adama Traore is practically certainly to start.

The Spaniard was poor against Leicester. But he was probably Wolves’ best player in each of the three games before that.

Wolves have already been to London four times this season, and lost on each occasion.

They’re down there again today, and hopefully it will be fifth time lucky.

Wolves desperately need three points, but fans also just desperately want to see a bit of fight and passion.

Wolves (4-2-3-1): Sa/Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno/Neves, Nunes/A. Traore, Podence, Hwang/Costa.