The FA Cup is back, and Wolves are in action against Crystal Palace on Friday night.

Nuno Espirito Santo is likely to ring the changes at Molineux, with games having come thick and fast over the festive period.

Some first-team regulars will miss out, but the manager is going to want a few familiar faces in the lineup so the starting XI isn’t wholly inexperienced.

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In goal, John Ruddy is likely to come in to give number one Rui Patricio a night off.

There could be a back four consisting of Ki-Jana Hoever, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss and Rayan Ait-Nouri. Hoever looked excellent against Manchester United on his full debut, while Ait-Nouri’s debut against Palace in the league remains one of his best showings to date.

 

In midfield, Joao Moutinho will probably drop out given he’s started the last four Premier League matches, meaning there could be a trident of Ruben Neves, Owen Otasowie and Morgan Gibbs-White.

That midfield has a nice blend, with Neves theoretically the man to sit back and pull the strings from deep, Otasowie going from box-to-box and Gibbs-White perhaps operating as a number 10.

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Gibbs-White is eligible to play after returning from his loan at Swansea City, and Nuno may feel this is a great early chance for him.

In attack, one would imagine Pedro Neto may be rested given he’s been virtually ever-present this season, meaning Vitinha could perhaps replace his fellow countryman on the left, but have license to roam free as Neto quite often does.

On the right, Adama Traore may keep his place in the absence of the injured Daniel Podence, with the Spaniard needing a chance to improve his form, and up top, Fabio Silva could start if the returning Patrick Cutrone does not receive international clearance in time.

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