Wolves face Leeds United in the Premier League on Monday, and it’s going to be a tough test for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, who are yet to get into their stride in 2020/21.
Wolves have picked up six points from their first four games, beating Sheffield United and Fulham and losing to Manchester City and West Ham United.
The 1-0 win over Fulham was not pretty, but it was vital for the team to bounce back from back-to-back defeats.
Wolves will have their work cut out to follow up the Fulham win with three points against Leeds, who have really impressed in their first four games back in the Premier League.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side won two games, drew with Manchester City and narrowly lost to Liverpool on the opening day.
Rui Patricio will continue in goal, and could be protected by a back three of Willy Boly, Conor Coady and Max Kilman.
Romain Saiss was shunted out to left wing-back against Fulham, and positionally he clearly wasn’t comfortable.
As the left-sided centre-back, 23-year-old Kilman arguably had a good enough game to warrant keeping his place.
£1.78 million signing (BBC Sport) Fernando Marcal is back fit and should come in for his third appearance on the left, with Nelson Semedo – who had a strong international break – on the right.
In the middle, the partnership between Leander Dendoncker and Ruben Neves brought better balance against Fulham and should be Nuno’s go-to.
In attack, Pedro Neto simply has to keep his place after scoring the winner against Fulham. The 20-year-old has been one of Wolves best players during the mediocre start and it’d be harsh from Nuno if he was dropped.
Daniel Podence is another player who has impressed early doors and should be in there to support Raul Jimenez. Over the international breakthe winger got just over 15 minutes against Sweden for his debut, so he should be nice and fresh.
Adama Traore earned international plaudits over the break, but he hasn’t been at it just yet for his club, and might actually be better suited to coming off the bench at Elland Road and stretching a Leeds team that will have been pressing hard.