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Wolves are looking serious and won their head-butt with fellow big spenders Middlesbrough on the opening day of the season in a narrow 1-0 victory.
They have another major test at the weekend though when they head to the East Midlands to face Derby County, who are promotion favourites too. They laboured to a 1-1 draw at Sunderland on their opening day.
Several new signings made competitive debuts against Boro in a 3-4-2-1 formation which could be seen to good effect again, this time with the following personnel used:
The former Norwich City man could prove to be a really astute signing for the season and will need to be on tip-top form in this game.
Certainly versatile – Doherty is a right-back by trade but filled in at left-back for large chunks of last season.
Another newbie and one of Wolves’ Portuguese connection. He is strong, composed and good on the ball – all of which are vital qualities in the context of this fixture.
New man Boly is another quality signing and will have more and more influence as he settles in to the side.
Last season saw the former midfield player become an attacking right-back and he made the transition nicely. A role like this one, therefore, could be perfect for him.
The defensive midfielder is not of the same quality as new man Neves but remains solid and should start once again.
The new arrival could be crucial to Wolves’ promotion chances and I’m sure he’s made the club aware that his long-term future should be at Premier League level, if he is to stay in England.
Traditionally a left-back, Douglas forms a part of a very solid looking formation but in fairness, he does well getting forward and has some quality on the ball, helping him to make a final pass.
Came off the bench against Boro but with his goal record from midfield, he should probably be afforded a start here.
The very talented Portuguese can have another crack after being substituted last time out at Molineux.
One thing Wolves truly lacked last season was a proper centre-forward and though little was known about Bonatini before his arrival here, he certainly got off to the right start by scoring the winner against Garry Monk’s men.