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Predicted Wolves XI to face Crystal Palace: Nathan Collins returns and Diego Costa benched

Wolves face Crystal Palace tonight at Selhurst Park and are looking to make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time since March.

Wanderers beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 on Saturday, which was a huge result.

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It lifted the club out of the relegation zone, and three more points must now follow.

It will be Steve Davis and James Collins taking the team once again, with a new permanent head coach expected to be named later this week.

Davis spoke in his press conference yesterday about how much he loves the club and what a privilege it is to work for Wolves.

It would be great if the players could put in a brilliant performance for someone this all clearly means so much to.

Palace have given Wolves some difficulty in the last few meetings between the two sides.

Last time out at Selhurst Park they won 2-0, and it was probably one of Wolves’ worst performances under Bruno Lage.

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And then of course after the game, Lage publicly blasted Ki-Jana Hoever, suggesting his lack of preparation contributed to him getting injured. He also took aim at some youngsters within the club without naming them.

That moment was perhaps the beginning of the end for Lage.

Wanderers are back at Selhurst tonight and hopefully the players will turn in a much better performance under Davis and Collins.

Here’s a predicted XI for tonight’s clash…

Predicted Wolves XI to face Crystal Palace – Nathan Collins returns, Boubacar Traore finally starts

Jose Sa will be in goal tonight looking to build on his good performance against Forest that featured a crucial penalty save.

In defence, Davis can welcome back Nathan Collins after his suspension. The £20 million Republic of Ireland international has been missed, and should come back in for Toti Gomes – who is facing a late fitness test – alongside Maximilian Kilman.

Nelson Semedo will surely come back in on the right after starting on the bench against Forest. And Rayan Ait-Nouri could keep his place on the left having been a bright spark on Saturday. So Jonny Castro Otto may miss out for the first time this season in the Premier League.

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In midfield, it makes total sense to give Boubacar Traore his first Wolves start this evening. His physicality could come in very handy against Palace.

He should replace Joao Moutinho, who seemingly could do with a rest. Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes are probably sure to keep their places.

Up top, it might be that Diego Costa won’t be fit enough to start.

He’s started the last two games for Wolves, but it’s quick turnaround and so it may be better for him to be used from the bench tonight. Just so the 34-year-old doesn’t get worn out. The last thing Wolves need is him getting injured like Raul Jimenez and Sasa Kalajdzic.

Hwang Hee-chan should play through the middle. The South Korean got on in the final stages against Forest and is probably raring to go. He could do with ending his goal drought. Arguably, he deserves a chance more than Goncalo Guedes right now.

In the wide areas, Daniel Podence and Adama Traore should both start.

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Podence is still Wolves’ most creative player in the final third. And Traore has been excellent since Lage left.

Traore was a menace against Forest and it just feels he is improving the more he plays. He could be absolutely key tonight.

Wolves must use the win against Forest as fuel. Palace are a good side but they’re not in good form. It’s a real chance to get three points and build some momentum ahead of the new manager coming in.

Wolves (4-3-3): Sa/Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Ait-Nouri/Neves, Nunes, B.Traore/A.Traore, Hwang, Podence.