Predicted Wolves XI to face Burnley
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Predicted Wolves XI to face Burnley

Wolves face Burnley in the Premier League today in their 33rd game of the competition.

Wanderers are looking to get things back on track after the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United last time out.

Bruno Lage’s side are still in contention to secure European football come the end of the season.

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Despite some disappointing results recently, there is still hope. But Wolves can’t afford too many more slip ups.

Sunday’s game with Burnley at Turf Moor represents a huge chance for Wolves.

While they have given Wolves trouble in recent times, the Clarets have just taken a huge risk sacking Sean Dyche, and they also lost Chris Wood to Newcastle in January.

They’ve struggled this term, and it is undoubtedly a game Wolves should be winning.

Here’s how Bruno Lage could set his team up.

Wolves predicted XI to face Burnley – Dendoncker replaces Cundle in midfield, Jimenez returns

Jose Sa will start in goal and go in search of his 12th Premier League clean sheet.

Max Kilman has been ruled out of the clash through injury and that is likely going to mean a return to the side for Romain Saiss.

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Willy Boly has started the last two games against Newcastle and Aston Villa and should continue in the backline. And Conor Coady is an ever-present in the middle of the three.

At wing-back, Jonny Castro Otto has been in fine fettle lately and there is simply no reason for him to move away from that right side. Nelson Semedo is available again, but needs to respect that the Spaniard is in a strong moment.

On the left, it would be good to see Rayan Ait-Nouri come back into the starting XI just to provide a bit more of an attacking threat.

In midfield, Joao Moutinho is a certain starter, and it will be interesting to see if Lage goes with two or three.

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Leander Dendoncker is surely a good option here given the physicality of Burnley. If the Belgian enforcer is feeling fit and ready, then he’ll probably come in for Luke Cundle.

In attack, Raul Jimenez is available again after serving his two-game suspension and he has surely got to return to start in place of Fabio Silva.

Daniel Podence missed out against Newcastle, and Lage said in his press conference on Friday that he will not be available for Burnley.

Pedro Neto has only had one start for Wolves so far since his return from injury, and it’s possible he could come into the side.

And it’s likely Hwang Hee-chan will get the nod over the likes of Francisco Trincao and Chiquinho. He’s more physical, and the game could suit him a bit more.

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The South Korean wasn’t so effective against Newcastle, but he may well be handed another chance at Turf Moor.

Should Lage go with this particular team, it would mean five changes in total to the side that started against the Magpies.

Wolves 3-4-3: Sa/Boly, Coady, Kilman/Jonny, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Ait-Nouri/Neto, Jimenez, Hwang.