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Predicted Wolves XI v Norwich in the FA Cup

Wolves return to action when Norwich City visit Molineux in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Bruno Lage has already said that he will take the game very seriously and play the best team available to him.

That said, we expect John Ruddy to get a game between the sticks, just as he did in the previous round against Sheffield United.

He has earned praise from goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts earlier in the season, who described him as ‘brilliant’ in October, and is the club’s cup goalkeeper.

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There is a decision to be made between Toti and Romain Saiss on the left of the back three.

We have got Toti keeping his place but it would not be a surprise to see Saiss restored to the side immediately after his return from the Africa Cup of Nations.

The rest of the back five should remain in place, although perhaps Marcal is pushing for a spot after his return to fitness.

Premier League manager of the month Lage played a 3-5-2 system last time out at Brentford, but we’ve got Francisco Trincao coming in for Joao Moutinho here.

That would make it a 3-4-3, which would be ideal for a game where Wolves will likely dominate the ball.

Raul Jimenez returned from injury for Mexico, but Fabio Silva has been improving. He started last time out and should keep his place here.

One factor in that is that Jimenez is coming back from a gruelling trip to go on international duty, and Silva also played in the last round.