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Carabao Cup: Predicted Wolves XI to face Nottingham Forest

Wolves face Nottingham Forest tonight in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

Julen Lopetegui is seeking to reach the last four of the competition and join Newcastle United, Manchester United, and either Manchester City or Southampton in the draw.

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Many Wolves fans are feeling good heading into this game.

The team put in a brilliant performance against Liverpool at the weekend. Ultimately, they were extremely unfortunate not to win the game.

Forest will also see this game as a big opportunity.

Wolves won the Premier League game back in October, and so Steve Cooper will want revenge.

Lopetegui has a few injury problems heading into the game, but will likely go as full strength as he can. Here’s an XI we could see later…

Predicted Wolves XI to face Nottingham Forest – Matheus Cunha handed firs start by Lopetegui

It will be very interesting to see who plays in goal.

Matija Sarkic played against Liverpool, but did not feature against Gillingham in the previous round.

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Lopetegui might go with Jose Sa again, and we could have a back four of Nelson Semedo, Nathan Collins, Maximilian Kilman and Hugo Bueno.

The 4-4-2 formation worked really well against Liverpool. So it’s possible we could see it again.

Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes might be Lopetegui’s picks. It would be harsh for Joe Hodge to miss out, but Nunes absolutely excelled in the double pivot when he came on.

Out wide, Lopetegui might being in Hwang Hee-chan after he scored against Liverpool.

The £14 million star could go wide right, to accommodate Rayan Ait-Nouri on the left.

Ait-Nouri was excellent against Liverpool and looks really well suited to playing higher up the pitch. If he is fit, then he should get the nod.

And then in attack, it would be good to see Matheus Cunha get his first Wolves start.

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The Brazilian has made two cameo appearances so far, and it feels like his moment now.

Raul Jimenez struggled to make much of an impact against Liverpool, and Diego Costa is an injury doubt.

Maybe he could play just off of Goncalo Guedes, who has the pact to run in behind Forest’s defence.

Guedes was much improved against Liverpool, and looked good playing in a two up top.

This is quite simply a massive game for Wolves, and confidence will be sky high if they are able to win here and book a place in the semi-final.

Wolves (4-4-2): Sa/Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno/Hwang, Neves, Nunes, Ait-Nouri/Cunha, Guedes.