Bruno Lage will take charge of his first EFL Cup tie as Wolves manager tonight.

He takes his side to face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground for a game which will kick off at 8pm.

The match could kickstart Wolves’ bid for domestic silverware this season and here is a look at three questions Lage will be pondering pre-match…

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How much does he rotate?

In our predicted XI, we had Lage down to make eight changes for tonight’s game.

It could be more, it could be less. With just more than 48 hours since Wolves’ last game against Tottenham, Lage has some tricky decisions to make.

The likes of Luke Cundle, Chem Campbell and Christian Marques could all be involved.

But do they start tonight, or are they bench options?

That decision will instruct whether Lage is serious about winning one of the two trophies Wolves could realistically lift this season or whether he sees this match as a chance to rotate and rest his players.

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Will Wolves be more clinical?

Wolves have had 42 shots in their first two Premier League games, without scoring.


Tonight, they face a Forest side without a point so far this season. They’ll be low on confidence.

Wolves should get chances again and it’s about taking them.

The likes of Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore may get the night off so Fabio Silva or Morgan Gibbs-White may be the men the ball falls to in front of goal.

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Can Wolves dominate?

We’ve seen Wolves play two league games so far where they were the underdogs.

Tonight, Wolves are firm favourites and that provides a different challenge, especially if there is heavy rotation.

What does Lage’s system look like for games Wolves are expected to dominate?

We’re about to find out. Perhaps there won’t be a move away from 3-4-3 but the tactical approach might alter.

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