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Bruno Lage should start Leander Dendoncker for Wolves against Burnley

Wolves manager Bruno Lage has a bit of time to think over his starting XI against Burnley.

There is no game for Wanderers this weekend. Originally Wolves had been due to face Manchester City.

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But Pep Guardiola’s side are contesting their FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool.

So it’s the weekend off for Wolves, with Burnley the next opponents on April 24.

The Clarets tend to give Wolves trouble, and since they are scrapping for their Premier League lives at the moment it could be another tough game.

But one man Lage should be looking to start to make life a little easier is Leander Dendoncker.

The Belgium international was unavailable to face Newcastle United because of illness, so Luke Cundle and Joao Moutinho paired up in midfield.

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Cundle put in a good display, but also one that was a little safe. Which is to be expected given it was only his second start.

Against Burnley, it’s important that Dendoncker plays.

Sean Dyche’s side are notoriously physical and the former Anderlecht ace is obviously one of Wolves’ best physical players.

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Games with Burnley are always a battle and Dendoncker is Wolves’ most combative midfielder.

Given the injury for Ruben Neves, he’ll surely be absolutely nailed on to start if available.

It will be interesting to see if Lage sets up with three midfielders or just two.

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It would be nice for Cundle to get another chance in the engine room.

His brilliant performance against Tottenham Hotspur was when he was operating as part of a three, and one of the other players that day was Dendoncker.

Whatever the system though, it just feels as though this is the ideal game for the enforcer.

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