Predicted Wolves XI to face Watford tonight
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Predicted Wolves XI to face Watford tonight

Wolves face Watford in the Premier League tonight, and it is a golden chance to get things back on track.

Wanderers have just started to struggle in recent weeks.

It’s three straight defeats now for Bruno Lage, who was extremely disappointed with the team’s performance against Crystal Palace last Saturday.

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He had some choice words after the game, with Ki-Jana Hoever bearing the brunt of his frustration.

Without doubt, a big response is needed tonight, against a side fighting for their Premier League lives.

Given the nature of the performance against Crystal Palace, it could be that Lage decides to shake things up tonight.

Here’s a starting XI he could go with:

Predicted Wolves XI to face Watford

Jose Sa remains in fine form for Wolves despite the collective struggles of the team and will definitely start again tonight barring any late issues.

It will be fascinating to see if Lage opts to make any changes in defence.

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Wolves have been known for mostly being tough to beat this season, but the defence has looked vulnerable in the last few games.

It’s possible Lage could finally make alterations in order to freshen things up. Max Kilman has started every game so far this season, but perhaps it’s time for him to have a rest.

The manager may feel it’s time to turn to Willy Boly and Toti Gomes, with Conor Coady keeping his place as the man in the middle.

£10 million man Boly has really had his struggles this season, but he’ll need a chance to prove his worth and this could be the ideal game.

Gomes recently replaced Saiss when he was at AFCON and did really well. Maybe the time is right for him to return, with the Moroccan’s level having dipped of late.

Jonny Castro Otto is pretty much nailed on to start on the right, with Nelson Semedo and Ki-Jana Hoever ruled out through injury.

At left wing-back, Rayan Ait-Nouri has surely got to come back into the side to give Wolves an outlet.

In midfield, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho were not great against Palace but could keep their places.

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Up top, Wolves have been seriously lacking in recent weeks.

The manager benched Raul Jimenez for the last two games, and Wolves struggled in his absence. He may not be in great form right now, but he is still the best man to lead the line.

He should come back in tonight, and it will be very interesting to see who his supporting cast are.

All three of the forwards that started against Palace were poor. Perhaps Lage will finally hand Chiquinho his first start for Wolves.

He had a lively cameo against the Eagles and deserves a chance.

Daniel Podence has been looking like the only Wolves forward to make things happen recently, and could also start over Pedro Neto and Hwang Hee-chan.

Lage fielding such a team would mean six changes to the team that started against Palace.

Wolves need to bounce back tonight in a big way – failure to do so will be a real opportunity missed.

Wolves (3-4-3): Sa/Boly, Coady, Gomes/Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri/Chiquinho, Jimenez, Podence.