Wolverhampton Wanderers are taking on Crystal Palace in the Premier League today at Selhurst Park, and Nuno Espirito Santo’s side could seriously do with three points.
The midweek draw at Chelsea was decent in itself, but the team are now seven without a win in the league which is a pretty worrying run.
Injuries have made things a struggle, and the players have also been trying to familiarise themselves with a new system here and there.
Palace being next up will hopefully give Wolves confidence, with the Wanderers having already recorded two victories over the Eagles this season.
Nuno seemed fairly pleased with the way his side contained Chelsea and the manager will likely want to field the same defence in London.
He’ll largely be able to, but £37,000-a-week star Rayan Ait-Nouri (Spotrac) has been ruled out (Nuno, via Wolves official) after going off injured at half-time against the Blues, so Rui Patricio could be protected by Willy Boly, Conor Coady and Max Kilman, with Nelson Semedo and Romain Saiss as the wing-backs.
There are much more effective positions for £3 million Saiss (Express & Star), but needs-must. Wolves will need to try and do most of their attacking down the right with Semedo if the Moroccan is selected to cover out wide.
A revert back to the usual system could see Joao Moutinho miss out again, with Leander Dendoncker and Ruben Neves retaining their places.
With Willian Jose having now trained with his new teammates, there’s probably a good chance the Brazilian will start up top as a lone striker.
Wolves have been lacking someone to convert chances during their barren spell, and Jose will be itching to impress following his loan move.
He could come in for Adama Traore, with Daniel Podence moving to a wider position, with Pedro Neto obviously keeping his place too.
Hopefully with Jose leading the line, those chances created by the likes of Neto and Podence will be gobbled up by the 29-year-old.