Wolverhampton Wanderers face Newcastle United this weekend and are hoping to build on their much-needed 1-0 win last time out.
Wolves ran out 1-0 victors over Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday.
That was a big win after a tough previous week.
And it was great to see Raul Jimenez getting back on the scoresheet.
The Mexican’s goal was absolutely superb and no less than his performance deserved.
Wolves face Newcastle at Molineux on Saturday, and the Magpies are looking for their first win of 2021/22.
Lage’s team selection will be interesting.
It seems he’s been pleased with what he has seen from the players he has selected the most so far this season.
He hasn’t made too many changes to his starting XI.
But there is one he perhaps needs to make for this one, in order to keep things fresh.
Ruben Neves was benched last time out, but maybe the maestro needs to come back in alongside Leander Dendoncker, who has just put in two solid displays against Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton.
Time to rest Moutinho?
Lage, like Nuno Espirito Santo before him, has shown a lot of faith in Joao Moutinho so far.
The 35-year-old has made eight appearances so far in all competitions for almost 600 minutes of time on the pitch.
That’s a lot of game time for someone of his age.
He is very fit despite his advancing years, but one wonders if it’s time to just freshen things up a bit.
Neves not starting last weekend could mean he’s feeling refreshed, and Dendoncker has impressed in recent games.
Lage is yet to use them as a pairing in the Premier League and they could be the way to go on Saturday.