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The key Wolves-Leeds player battle that may concern Bruno Lage

Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Leeds United this weekend in the Premier League.

Wolves have managed to gather a bit of momentum now after a tough start.

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It’s three wins on the bounce, and four wins in the last five, with Aston Villa the latest to fall to Bruno Lage’s side.

The points came in dramatic fashion, with Wolves coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Villa Park.

The result means Wolves are now 10th in the table, and they are now only four points off the top four.

It’s Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds up next, and the Whites have been struggling in their second season since being promoted.

They’ve taken just six points so far, and have shipped 15 goals.

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They aren’t in good form, and so it’s a very good chance for Wolves to keep the ball rolling.

But the Whites should obviously not be underestimated, as they have some quality players in their ranks.

Perhaps the best of the bunch is Raphinha.

The Brazilian didn’t feature at the weekend against Southampton, as he got back late from international duty.

He made his debut for Brazil over the international break, assisting twice, and then scored two goals on his third cap.

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He tends to play from the right side, meaning there is potential for him to be going up against Fernando Marcal.

And that, is a slight worry.

Raphinha is a big threat

The winger will more than likely be back in the starting XI to face Wolves on Saturday.

Marcal has played every Premier League game so far this season.

He clearly has the backing of Lage. But just lately his standards have fallen a little.

The £35,000-a-week defender (Sportac) was good in the opening few games, and even got two assists against Watford.

But he’s been declining since, and against Villa he did get exposed a few times.

Him going up against Raphinha is a concern.

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The former Lyon star can be aggressive and physical, and the twinkled-toed Raphinha may look to exploit that.

If he gets Marcal on a yellow card early, which is something that could easily happen, then that’s the Wolves man on a tightrope.

Perhaps Rayan Ait-Nouri is the better shout for this particular clash.