Wolves face Newcastle United in the Premier League today and are looking to record their first win of the campaign.
Bruno Lage’s side have taken just one point in the competition so far, having lost against Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United and drawn with Fulham.
Standing in the way of three points today is a Newcastle side who have started impressively.
Last weekend, they held champions Manchester City to a 3-3 draw. And they have taken five points from their first three games.
Eddie Howe has turned them into a much more competitive outfit, and it will be a difficult game today.
But Wolves are slowly but surely getting used to the recent system change. And some of the football that has been played so far this term has been really good.
It is now about getting results though, and here’s an XI Lage could go with at Molineux today…
Predicted Wolves XI to face Newcastle – Raul Jimenez and Nelson Semedo get first PL starts
Jose Sa will be back between the sticks after sitting out the Carabao Cup clash with Preston North End.
Nathan Collins and Maximilian Kilman both played against Preston, but Lage will surely be starting both against Newcastle today.
And the manager could also use both Nelson Semedo and Rayan Ait-Nouri as his full-backs.
Semedo has been building his fitness in recent weeks, and has looked sharp in his last three appearances. The £29 million star was one of Wolves’ best players last season when fit, and Lage is surely itching to get him back in the team.
Wolves’ midfield has an exciting look to it now following the arrival of Matheus Nunes.
It came in for high praise from Antonio Conte last weekend, and it would be no surprise if Lage went with his three Portuguese maestros once again, with Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho joining the new signing.
In attack, Adama Traore put forward a strong case to start today after his brilliant goal against Preston.
But he might have a greater impact coming off the bench.
It would be good to see Goncalo Guedes and Pedro Neto providing the width, with Raul Jimenez operating through the middle.
The Mexican striker, 31, returned to action last weekend against Spurs and had a good impact. He then started against Preston on Tuesday.
Wolves have really missed having a focal point, and hopefully he can build on the goal he scored earlier this week.
There’s talk of Wanderers bringing in a new striker like Sasa Kalajdzic, so he may need to find form fairly quickly.
This will be a tough game for Wolves, but one that is also very winnable if Lage’s side can actually just be a bit more clinical.
Wolves (4-3-3): Sa/Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Ait-Nouri/Neves, Moutinho, Nunes/Neto, Jimenez, Guedes.