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Predicted Wolves XI to face Liverpool in FA Cup third round replay

Wolves face Liverpool tonight at Molineux in a replay of the FA Cup third round.

The teams are doing battle again after the last game finished 2-2 at Anfield.

It’s an extra fixture that Wolves could really have done without. But Julen Lopetegui will undoubtedly be wanting to beat the cup holders.

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There will likely be added motivation for Wolves.

The way in which Toti Gomes’ late goal in the last game was disallowed was nothing short of farcical.

Wolves had deserved to win the match, and the players could be using that as fuel this evening against a struggling Liverpool side.

Here’s an XI Lopetegui might go with…

Predicted Wolves XI to face Liverpool – Joe Hodge gets nod in midfield, Matheus Cunha and Raul Jimenez partner up

It would be no surprise if Lopetegui went with the same defence that lined up at Anfield.

So Matija Sarkic could make his fourth appearances of the season, with Dexter Lembikisa, Nathan Collins, Toti Gomes and Jonny Castro Otto as the backline.

Lembikisa did really well on his debut last time out. He deserves another chance here, especially if Jonny is going to play from the left. It gives Nelson Semedo a chance to rest up.

In midfield, Lopetegui might go with Ruben Neves and Joe Hodge as a pairing.

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Like Lembikisa, Hodge was really good at Anfield. It would be fantastic to see him get the nod. He’ll be fresher than Joao Moutinho and Matheus Nunes, who both started against West Ham United on Saturday.

New signing Mario Lemina is not eligible for this replay, as he was not registered for the first match at Anfield.

Out wide, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Hwang Hee-chan could both start.

Ait-Nouri is in great form right now, and looks very at home playing as a winger. He could start from the left as he did at Anfield, with Hwang to play from the right.

The South Korean looks a different player under Lopetegui, and appears to be more in favour with the new manager than Adama Traore.

And then in attack, Matheus Cunha and Raul Jimenez could form a striker partnership. Or the £43 million Brazilian may play just off Jimenez, 31.

They looked good together against Nottingham Forest.

With Goncalo Guedes missing out entirely against West Ham, Cunha could take his place as a second striker.

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Diego Costa might be in contention after his recent injury. But he could be lacking the match sharpness to start.

Wolves are on the rise under Lopetegui. And Liverpool are on the rocks right now.

With this newfound confidence, and the appalling Toti Gomes decision driving them on, Wolves could get a result this evening.

Wolves (4-4-1-1): Sarkic/Lembikisa, Collins, Toti, Jonny/Hwang, Hodge, Neves, Ait-Nouri/Cunha/Jimenez.