Wolves are back in Premier League action today against Tottenham Hotspur.
Wanderers are looking to get back to winning ways, after suffering defeat at the hands of Arsenal in midweek.
Wolves huffed and puffed against the Gunners. But they couldn’t find a way through and in the end, Gabriel’s goal was the difference between the two teams.
That result followed a 1-0 defeat to Norwich City in the FA Cup and so, Wolves have lost a bit of momentum after a great start to 2022.
A big response is required today, and Wolves face a Spurs side who were just beaten by Southampton in midweek.
Three points here would be ideal for Wolves in their bid to secure European football.
Here’s how Bruno Lage may set up in London…
Predicted Wolves XI to face Tottenham
Jose Sa will once again be between the sticks for Wolves and in front of him, Max Kilman, Conor Coady and Romain Saiss should be the three central defenders as usual.
Wolves have not kept a clean sheet now since the game with Sheffield United on January 9.
Lage needs those four to be at the top of their games today against the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
At wing-back, Nelson Semedo should keep his place, and the manager may turn to Rayan Ait-Nouri instead of Fernando Marcal.
The Frenchman just gives Wolves more in the final third, and he had been in great form before his surprise snub against Arsenal.
In midfield, Lage didn’t sound too confident about Joao Moutinho and so it could be that Leander Dendoncker features again alongside Ruben Neves.
In attack, Raul Jimenez should lead the line as usual and Daniel Podence will be in there too.
It will be interested to see who gets that final place.
Francisco Trincao is rated highly by the manager. But the winger again frustrated supporters against Arsenal with his end product.
Hwang Hee-chan couldn’t feature against Arsenal, despite being on the bench, because he suffered a back spasm just before the game.
If the £14 million South Korean (BBC Sport) has recovered from that issue, it would be no surprise if he was thrown in.
Wolves really need some cutting edge in the final third. Hwang at least has a few goals to his name this season unlike Trincao.
Should Lage opt to go with this team, it would mean he’d make two changes to the XI that started against Arsenal.
Wolves need a positive result today. Another defeat could make life very difficult in terms of a push for European football.