Predicted Wolves XI to face Manchester City

Wolves are taking on Manchester City at Molineux in their next Premier League game.

Bruno Lage’s side are looking to get back to winning ways having been without victory in the last four matches.

Games do not come much tougher though than Manchester City, who are of course gunning for the Premier League title.

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Pep Guardiola’s side thrashed Newcastle United at the weekend, and are looking to stay clear of Liverpool at the summit.

Wolves almost took a point off City in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

It was a fantastic defensive effort, which was ultimately undone by a very harsh handball decision against Joao Moutinho.

Raheem Sterling would convert the penalty for a narrow 1-0 win, after Wolves striker Raul Jimenez had got himself sent off.

City will be without key defenders Kyle Walker, John Stones and Ruben Dias for the clash at Molineux, and there is a chance Wolves can get something from the game.

Predicted Wolves XI to face Manchester City – Chiquinho and Gomes both start

Jose Sa will continue between the sticks, and one wonders if Lage will make a change to his defence.

Willy Boly and Conor Coady are likely to start, but Saiss gave away another penalty against Chelsea, and could have no complaints if he was dropped. It would be nice to see Toti Gomes handed a chance. It would be a risk, but Saiss’ form isn’t great right now.

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Jonny Castro Otto and Rayan Ait-Nouri ought to be the wing-backs.

Ait-Nouri played against Chelsea, and he was outstanding for Wolves in the reverse fixture at the Etihad.

In midfield, it would be no surprise if we saw a three, but Lage could also deploy a pairing of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho.

That would allow for three attackers to play.

And three attackers playing would be great to see.

Pedro Neto had his best performance against Chelsea since his return to action from a serious knee injury, and providing he can start, he should get the nod again.

Chiquinho’s cameo against the Blues was hugely impressive and it would be really good to see him get his first start for Wolves. The £3 million winger really deserves it.

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So far since his arrival the club, he has shown himself to be a real spark.

And Raul Jimenez could lead the line again to try and get some joy against Aymeric Laporte and his likely partner Fernandinho.

City are obviously an incredible team. But Wolves should believe in themselves after the comeback against Chelsea. They could well cause an upset if everyone is bang at it.

Wolves 3-4-3: Sa/Boly, Coady, Gomes/Jonny, Moutinho, Neves, Ait-Nouri/Chiquinho, Jimenez, Neto.