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Predicted Wolves XI to face Leeds in the Carabao Cup third round

Wolves are taking on Leeds United tonight in the third round of the Carabao Cup at Molineux.

Wanderers were drawn against the Whites after beating Championship side Preston North End 2-1 in the previous round.

That was one of just two wins Wolves had under Bruno Lage in 2022/23. The Portuguese failed to get a tune out of the players, and was sacked at the start of October.

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It’ll be Steve Davis that takes charge tonight, in what is his penultimate game as interim manager.

The club agreed a deal to bring in Julen Lopetegui, who will officially be starting work next Monday. The Spaniard will be in the stands for the game with Arsenal on Saturday though.

At the moment, Lopetegui’s first game in charge is against Everton on Boxing Day after the World Cup.

But should Wolves beat Leeds tonight, the next Carabao Cup game will come before that trip to Goodison Park.

Here’s a team Davis could go with to try and get the job done against Jesse Marsch’s side…

Predicted Wolves XI to face Leeds in Carabao Cup third round

Jose Sa will likely be rested, with Matija Sarkic to come in for his second appearance of the season after playing against Preston.

With Nelson Semedo suspended we could see Jonny Castro Otto on the right.

At centre-back, Davis might turn to Yerson Mosquera to partner Maximilian Kilman. The talented Colombian got stripped and ready to come on against Brighton at the weekend, but was then told to sit down again.

It would be nice to see him get his first minutes of the season. Toti Gomes has been nursing an injury since the win over Nottingham Forest and might be lacking match sharpness.

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At left-back, Rayan Ait-Nouri could come back in, with Hugo Bueno having started the last three Premier League games.

Midfield will be interesting. With the World Cup right around the corner, it would be a surprise to see Ruben Neves feature in this midweek game.

It might be that Boubacar Traore plays as the holding midfielder, with Joao Moutinho in there for experience and Connor Ronan for a bit of freshness. Moutinho is a potential pick for Portugal, although he did miss out on selection during the last international break. He may need this game to help convince Fernando Santos to pick him for Qatar.

Ronan finally made his Premier League debut for Wolves on Saturday against Brighton. He deserves a chance to start this game.

Someone else who deserves a chance to start is Chem Campbell.

The talented youngster has been the least-used Wolves attacker this season and must be itching for some minutes.

Adama Traore scored against Preston in the last round and may come back in on the right side to try and add to his tally in the competition.

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And through the middle, Hwang Hee-chan and Goncalo Guedes are both options.

Both players did well on Saturday. But the Portuguese got his first goal and might be someone Davis wants playing to try and build on that goal.

The Premier League has not been a happy hunting ground so far this season for Wolves. So the desire for a good cup should be strong.

It would be bold for Davis to give first starts to Mosquera, Ronan and Campbell. But they all need a show of faith.

Wolves (4-3-3): Sarkic/Jonny, Mosquera, Kilman, Ait-Nouri/B.Traore, Moutinho, Ronan/A.Traore, Guedes, Campbell.