Wolves lost last time out against Crystal Palace and now Bruno Lage has to figure out how to get a reaction from his team.

The international break also provides a potential fitness headache as Lage seeks to manage the fitness of players such as Raul Jimenez.

We expect Lage to stick with his 3-4-3, even though the pressure to change to a four-man defence will always be there until he tries it out for a sustained period of time.

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We expect Lage to stick with the same defenders and back five that played at Selhurst Park.

He has already confirmed that Rayan Ait-Nouri will keep his place in the side despite Marcal’s return to fitness.


We wrote earlier this week that Romain Saiss could be crucial in this clash, to counter West Ham’s threat from set pieces.

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We also suggested that Lage may spring a surprise and throw Leander Dendoncker into midfield.

Dendoncker could be useful to match up against Czech Republic international Tomas Soucek in midfield.

Out wide, we’ve got Adama Traore in our side, after Lage talked him up at his pre-match press conference.

We’ve got Hwang Hee-Chan and Raul Jimenez in the team here too, but one or both might be rested because of their long international trips.

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