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Bruno Lage could hand Luke Cundle his second Premier League start against Aston Villa

Wolves are back in Premier League action on Saturday, and it’s Aston Villa who are the opponents at Molineux.

Wanderers lost their last match 3-2 to Leeds United, which was a bitterly disappointing result.

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Having been 2-0, Wolves really should have seen the game out, even if they did go down to 10 men.

Hopefully that collapse will serve as motivation for the players against Steven Gerrard’s side, who are looking to looking to chase Wolves down in the Premier League table. At the moment, the gap between the two sides is 10 points.

It will be very interesting to see how Bruno Lage sets up.

We know that Ruben Neves will not be playing following his knee injury he picked up against Leeds.

The obvious set up is Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker playing in a partnership.

But we have just had the international break, and both of those players have featured for their countries.

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Dendoncker played a full game against the Republic of Ireland last week, and last night featured for 45 minutes against Burkina Faso.

And Moutinho effectively played two full games for Portugal against Turkey and North Macedonia.

We know both players have great fitness. Especially Moutinho.

But both have been playing a lot of football for Wolves lately. It might just be a bit risky to play both in a partnership against Villa.

That’s why Lage may well be thinking about handing Luke Cundle only his second start of the season.

Luke Cundle deserves a chance to start against Villa, with Dendoncker and Moutinho potentially needing a rest

We know Lage loves Moutinho, and he’ll undoubtedly want to play him on Saturday.

But Moutinho didn’t miss a single minute for Wolves in March. And he’s now just played two full games near enough for Portugal.

There’s potential he could be feeling slightly jaded. Dendoncker will be slightly fresher having not featured at all in the games against Crystal Palace and Watford.

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But even the 26-year-old may still need to be rotated.

Cundle was really bright when he made his first start for the club against Tottenham Hotspur in February.

Since then, he’s been showing for the U23s what a talent he is.

It just feels like this is the ideal game for him to come in and build on that great showing against Spurs.

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