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Three things which have changed since Wolves were meant to play Watford on Boxing Day

Wolves were originally meant to face Watford on Boxing Day but the game was called off due to Covid cases at Vicarage Road.

That means the game at Molineux tonight will look different to the encounter which would have happened back in December.

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Here is a look at three things which are different now…

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Watford have changed their manager

Bruno Lage faced Xisco Munoz in the reverse fixture, where Wolves ran out 2-0 winners.

By Christmas, he had been replaced by Claudio Ranieri, but he has now been removed and Roy Hodgson is in charge.

The former England manager has made Watford tighter at the back and recently earned a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.

It is a tough job to keep Watford up but they look better equipped with Hodgson at the helm.

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Wolves are on their worst run since August

Going into the date of the original fixture, Wolves had held Chelsea 0-0 and taken Liverpool and Manchester City all the way in 1-0 losses.

Wolves were not scoring many goals but they were not conceding many either and momentum was fairly good around the club.

Now, three losses in a row makes it the worst run of form since the first three games of the season.

That means that Wolves could be a wounded animal tonight or it could mean that there is a lack of confidence there for Watford to exploit.

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Wolves have players back

If the game had taken place in December, the likes of Pedro Neto and Hwang Hee-Chan would have been out injured.

Now, they are fit to play, although having more options at their disposal has not really had the desired impact for Lage yet.

Watford have also signed five players in the intervening January transfer window, with Wolves new-boy Chiquinho also able to play.

Adama Traore would have been an option in 2021 but he is of course on loan at Barcelona now.

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