Wolves are back in Premier League action today, and it’s another huge game against West Ham United.
Wolves’ top four hopes took a hit in midweek following a 2-1 loss to Arsenal.
Bruno Lage’s side had been leading at the Emirates thanks to an early Hwang Hee-chan goal.
But it was a poor performance from Wanderers, who eventually let that lead slip – Nicolas Pepe grabbing an equaliser.
Wolves were then unable to hold on for a point as Alexandre Lacazette forced an own goal from Jose Sa in injury-time.
It was a crushing defeat, but today is a great opportunity to change the mood. Beating West Ham will get Wolves right back into the picture.
It’ll be a tough game, but Wolves did beat West Ham in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Predicted Wolves XI to face West Ham – Jonny replaces Semedo as Dendoncker returns to midfield
Given it’s a quick turnaround for Wolves, Lage might be set to make a few changes.
We will probably see the same three central defenders as usual in Max Kilman, Conor Coady and Romain Saiss protecting Jose Sa.
Nelson Semedo went off injured on the hour mark against Arsenal, after receiving several minutes of treatment on the pitch.
It would be a surprise if he started today. Even if he was OK to play he can’t have trained much and so Lage will likely choose between Jonny Castro Otto and Ki-Jana Hoever as to who’ll replace him. The Spaniard replaced him against Arsenal, and could do so again today.
Rayan Ait-Nouri continues to impress at left wing-back and might keep his place ahead of Fernando Marcal.
In midfield, Leander Dendoncker is probably someone Lage should strongly consider starting along with Ruben Neves.
Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek and both tall and physical, so having someone in there to combat them will be important. The £90,000-a-week star has been in decent form just of late.
In attack, Hwang obviously grabbed the goal against Arsenal and did well, and Daniel Podence once again was a bright spark. Both could keep their places, despite Pedro Neto now being fit again.
Raul Jimenez has been coming in for some criticism since the defeat to Arsenal.
It was a tough evening for him and there is no doubt he is struggling a little at the moment.
But today is such a huge game, it would be a major call from Lage to bench the Mexican.