Predicted Wolves line-up to face West Ham in the Premier League
Wolves got their league campaign on track by claiming a deserved point against champions Manchester City. Manager Nuno Espirito Santo made wholesale changes for their League Cup game on Tuesday night and expect the first-choice line-up to be back in action this Saturday.
Players have returned from injury, which will allow the Portuguese to select the eleven from a fully-fit squad. They will face a West Ham team which is yet to win a point this season.
Loan signing Leander Dendoncker will be available for selection and the Belgian started the League Cup tie to prove his fitness. We might see him in action this weekend in place of Ryan Bennett as captain Conor Coady and Willy Boly have done well for Wolves so far in central defence.
Probablw Wolves XI
Formation – 3-4-2-1
Manager – Nuno Espirito Santo
Rui Patricio (GK)
The Portuguese made some very good saves against Manchester City and conceded only one goal. He is certain to be back in goal after a midweek break.
Leander Dendoncker (RCB)
The Belgian may start his first Premier League game this weekend ahead of Ryan Bennett, who has looked a bit circumspect at times.
Conor Coady (CB)
The captain has been immense in central defence so far. Expect him to start most games to keep the solidity at the back.
Willy Boly (LCB)
Scored a controversial yet vital goal against Manchester City which earned them a point. Was defensively very sound against the champions. Boly looks to have settled down after a nervy first game versus Everton.
Matt Doherty (RWB)
Doherty has been a good attacking outlet for the Wolves in wide areas, overlapping and delivering crosses into the box.
Joao Moutinho (CM)
The experienced Portuguese was given a game off in midweek. He should be back in the midfield to control the proceedings.
Ruben Neves (CM)
The club’s talisman has a lot of responsibilities on his shoulders, and at such a young age, he is fulfilling them to perfection. He will be vital to what Wolves do this season.
Ruben Vinagre (LWB)
Jonny hobbled off against City, so his availability is up for a toss. Nuno might not risk him and could start Vinagre instead.
Diogo Jota (LW)
The winger has shown enough promise to warrant a starting spot. He might as well have to improve his final product to really hurt teams.
Raul Jimenez (ST)
He’s been a good signing for Wolves thus far, holding the ball up on the break and being a nuisance for the defenders. A sure starter.
Helder Costa (RW)
The rapid winger has blown hot and cold in terms of his performance level so far. He now has the competition in the shape of Adama Traore. Hence, the Portuguese needs to add consistency to his game or the new signing might take his place sooner than later.