Wolves will play their first of two pre-season games in Spain with a friendly against Real Betis today.
It will be Bruno Lage’s second game in charge of the club after last Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Crewe.
The result isn’t really important but here is a look at three questions Lage will be looking at…
How will 4-4-2 do against better opponents?
Lage lined up in a 4-4-2 for his first game in charge. There were signs of the positives and drawbacks of the system.
Spanish sides tend to keep the ball very well and that’s a big test for a two-man midfield to deal with. Even moreso in the heat.
Lage needs to see what his system looks like against decent opponents and how well his side can press them.
He should learn a lot from this game in that respect; more than he did against Crewe.
Can Jimenez play more minutes?
The sight of Raul Jimenez starting last week’s game was a joy for every Wolves fan.
He was taken off after a little more than 30 minutes as his recovery is still managed slowly.
Perhaps he’ll last 45 minutes here, with his workload gradually increased after another week of training behind him.
Can the new-boys play?
Jose Sa and Yerson Mosquera are available to play here, having linked up with the squad in Marbella.
Are they ready? They’re a bit behind in terms of their preparation but Lage might want them to play alongside their new teammates as soon as possible.
The likes of Ruben Neves, Nelson Semedo and Joao Moutinho could all play their first game of pre-season too, having been handed extended breaks after Euro 2020.
That should make Wolves stronger than they were at Crewe, although it would be good to see some young talent still given a chance to shine.
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