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Predicted Wolves XI against Brentford

Wolves go in search of another win this afternoon when they travel to the Brentford Community Stadium for the first time.

Bruno Lage does not tend to like to make many changes to his starting XI and we expect the same back five and goalkeeper from the game against Southampton to play again here.

The question of how to replace Romain Saiss during the Africa Cup of Nations has lingered over Wolves all season and it had an unexpected answer.

Toti Gomes was outstanding on his debut last weekend and deserves to keep his place on the left of the back three here.

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Ruben Neves missed the Southampton win with Covid, but has since returned to training and should play here.

We have got him coming in for Leander Dendoncker, which would raise the prospect that the Belgian could slot into the back three.

But there is no need for that unnecessary disruption and the other big question revolves around Adama Traore.

The Athletic are reporting that an agreement is drawing nearer, but the Spanish international scored his first goal of the season last time out and Lage came out swinging in his press conference, saying he will ‘protect’ his player.

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It would send a big message if Traore came in for Francisco Trincao, and that might be the most hotly-anticipated piece of team news come 2pm.

Either way, Wolves are confident and out to avenge their worst performance of the season when they lost 2-0 to Brentford at home in September.