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Predicted Wolves XI to face Newcastle

Wolves are back in action this evening against Newcastle United.

The team are looking to build on a fantastic result against Aston Villa last weekend.

Bruno Lage oversaw a 2-1 victory in the West Midlands Derby to get things back on track after a disappointing result against Leeds United.

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Next up is Newcastle for Wolves, and the Magpies have just stuttered slightly of late.

Their 5-1 humbling by Tottenham Hotspur was a third defeat in a row for them, after they’d been showing some really good progress in 2022.

They will be desperate not to get dragged back into a relegation scrap, and so it could be a tough game for Wolves. Especially at St. James’ Park.

Here’s how Lage could set his team up…

Predicted Wolves XI to face Newcastle – Romain Saiss returns in place of Willy Boly

Jose Sa was back to his best against Villa, and will go in pursuit of a 12th Premier League clean sheet.

Lage opted to rest Romain Saiss last weekend. And it would be no surprise to see him come back into the team at St. James’ Park.

The manager loves the Moroccan. Willy Boly did really well against Villa, but the £67,000-a-week star’s fitness needs managing carefully. So Saiss will probably return alongside Conor Coady and Max Kilman.

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The wing-back selections will be interesting.

Nelson Semedo is back fit again. But Jonny Castro Otto is in fantastic form and does not deserved to be dropped.

And Fernando Marcal had one of his best games in Wolves colours last weekend. He also doesn’t warrant being replaced, as much as many people prefer Rayan Ait-Nouri.

In midfield, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker were both superb against Villa and should both start again assuming there are no signs of fatigue in training this week.

In attack, Lage surely doesn’t need to look beyond the three players that started last time out.

Fabio Silva led the line brilliantly against Villa and is growing in confidence. He should definitely keep his place as Raul Jimenez serves his final suspension.

Daniel Podence continues to be a big threat for Wolves and should get the nod once again. He probably links up with Silva the best of anyone.

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And then on the right, Francisco Trincao should probably feature once more.

One gets the feeling Lage really likes Trincao. He’s been a bit disappointing on the whole, but there’s no doubt he’s been much improved in the last two games.

He definitely did enough against Villa to start against Newcastle.

Wolves 3-4-3: Sa/Kilman, Coady, Saiss/Jonny, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Marcal/Trincao, Silva, Podence.