Wolves fans react as Nuno Espirito Santo names starting XI vs Chelsea
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Wolves fans react as Nuno Espirito Santo names starting XI vs Chelsea

Wolves are taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League tonight at 6pm.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side come into the game without a win in their last six games in the league, with the last victory coming against the Blues in the reverse fixture last month.

Chelsea have a new manager in Thomas Tuchel and, although the German has had very little time with his new players, the hope will be for a ‘new manager bounce’ to carry them to the three points.

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It’s a great chance though for Wolves to get themselves back on track.

Wolves may have ran out 2-1 winners in the last game, but they do not have a good record in west London with Chelsea winning five out the six meetings between the clubs at Stamford Bridge – the other being a draw.

The team news is out, and Nuno’s XI includes Rui Patricio in goal and a back five of Nelson Semedo, Conor Coady, Max Kilman, Willy Boly and Rayan Ait-Nouri.

In midfield is Leander Dendoncker and Ruben Neves as a pairing and in attack, Pedro Neto, Adama Traore and the fit-again Daniel Podence will presumably operate as a fluid and interchanging front three.

Podence has missed the past five games in all competitions due to a calf injury, and his return is a huge boost.

New loan signing Willian Jose is on the bench having arrived in England last night after receiving a work permit.

On social media, fans seem generally happy with the starting XI, with some expressing their delight about Podence and Jose’s availability in particular: