Wolves will look to follow up their impressive 2-0 victory over Sheffield United by beating Stoke City in the Carabao Cup second round.

Nuno Espirito Santo is sure to ring the changes at Molineux with Manchester City next up in the Premier League on Monday.

Here’s how the manager may set up for the visit of Michael O’Neill’s Potters:


John Ruddy was Nuno’s go-to in the competition last season and will likely get the nod here to give Rui Patricio the night off.


Nuno is probably likely to use at least one of his main three central defenders, and captain Conor Coady could be thrust in there to provide solidity and leadership in between two youngsters.

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There could be chances for Max Kilman and Dion Sanderson, who made his debut against Aston Villa in the competition last year.

At full-back, Oskar Buur replaced Pedro Neto on Monday and went to right-back to allow Adama Traore to push further forwards. The Dane did well and should start. On the opposite flank, Ruben Vinagre may have felt hard done by not to start against the Blades and will surely face Stoke from the off ahead of Fernando Marcal.


It would be great to see new signing Vitinha handed a first start to show the Molineux faithful what he’s all about.

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Vitinha’s fellow countryman Ruben Neves came on for the last 15 minutes or so against Sheffield United and should be nice and fresh to start, and the Portuguese pair could be joined by regular starter Leander Dendoncker, who can provide steel and stamina.


Raul Jimenez is bound to be rested with Manchester City around the corner, and so there could be opportunities in attack for Diogo Jota (12.3 million, Birmingham Mail) and new signing Fabio Silva (£35.6 million, BBC Sport) in attack.

The teenager was an unused substitute against Sheffield United (as was Jota), but Nuno may feel this is the perfect opportunity to hand the starlet his debut.

5-3-2: Ruddy/Buur, Kilman, Coady, Sanderson, Vinagre/Neves, Dendoncker, Vitinha/Jota, Silva.

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