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Predicted Wolves XI to face Chelsea

Wolves are taking on Chelsea and are looking to get back on track after three straight defeats in the Premier League.

Wanderers have started to struggle in the last few weeks and standards have really slipped.

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The performance against Brighton was possibly the worst of the season, with the Seagulls easily running out 3-0 winners at Molineux.

Somehow, other results have meant Wolves are actually still within touching distance of the European places.

But it’s a very tough run in for Wolves, and it starts with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

It’s likely Lage will ring the changes, and here is a starting XI he could go with.

Predicted Wolves XI to face Chelsea

Jose Sa will keep his place between the sticks, and it’s possible Lage may look to make changes to the defence after it looked so vulnerable against Brighton.

But there are not too many options. Willy Boly and Conor Coady will probably keep their places. But Romain Saiss could be benched after a particularly poor display last weekend.

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It would be fantastic to see Toti Gomes, 23, come back into the starting XI. He was excellent when he covered for Saiss earlier this year when he went to AFCON.

Nelson Semedo is now out for the rest of the season as a result of the injury he picked up against Brighton, so it could be that Lage moves Jonny Castro Otto back over to the right.

Rayan Ait-Nouri can have no complaints if he was benched. Fernando Marcal was excellent in the reverse fixture against Chelsea which could see the Brazilian start.

In midfield, Lage went with three last time and it’s hard to see him doing different here. Especially with so many forwards out of form.

Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker could all start.

In attack, Fabio Silva deserves to keep his place.

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With Hwang Hee-chan and Francisco Trincao out of form and Pedro Neto still building his fitness, we could well see Raul Jimenez start alongside the teenager.

Lage started the pair against Burnley, but used Jimenez from the right.

It would be good to see them both playing through the middle and linking up more.

It would be a somewhat defensive team. But it’s very possible Lage will simply want to stop the rot, and going toe-to-toe with Chelsea could result in a shellacking.

Wolves (3-5-2): Sa/Boly, Coady, Gomes/Jonny, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Marcal/Silva, Jimenez.