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Predicted Wolves XI to face Tottenham Hotspur

Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow, and it’s a first return to Molineux for Nuno Espirito Santo.

Following a rollercoaster summer for Spurs, Nuno was eventually named as Jose Mourinho’s successor, after he left Wolves at the end of the 2020/21 season.

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There were emotional scenes as Wolves faced Manchester United back in May.

At that point, few would have anticipated Nuno would be back at Molineux so soon.

He’s likely to get a warm reception, as it should be given everything he achieved in his four years at the club.

He got off to a winning start against Manchester City last weekend, and the Wolves players will be determined to bring Nuno and his Spurs stars back down to earth.

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Bruno Lage lost his opener against Leicester, and would no doubt love to take three points against his predecessor.

Jose Sa will keep his place between the sticks and bid for a first clean sheet for the club.

With Willy Boly and Yerson Mosquera still not fit, Lage will probably deploy the same three that started against Leicester City in Romain Saiss, Max Kilman and Conor Coady.

There could be changes out wide, with Nelson Semedo available again after featuring for the U23s on Monday.

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The £29 million man could replace Ki-Jana Hoever, and Rayan Ait-Nouri might come in for Fernando Marcal to give some extra attacking prowess.

In midfield, it would be good to see Leander Dendoncker come in alongside Ruben Neves as at the moment, that is probably the best central midfield pairing.

Up top, Lage may not change anything.

Francisco Trincao was a bit quiet against the Foxes, but is still settling in at the club. He should get another chance, with Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore also keeping their places.

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Traore was the bright spark against Leicester, and hopefully he can be a bit more clinical against his former manager.

Lage going with this particular side would mean he’d be making three changes from the Leicester game, with Hoever, Marcal and Joao Moutinho all dropping out.

It is going to be a fascinating clash, and hopefully Wolves can get their Premier League campaign up and running.

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