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Wolves: Team news and predicted XI for West Ham clash

Wolves are hosting West Ham at Molineux today and will be hoping for three points this weekend to keep them comfortably in the top half of the table.

Bruno Lage’s side will be hoping to secure their sixth win in the Premier League this season, and if results go their way, they could be sixth in the table ahead of Manchester United by the conclusion of the weekend.

West Ham are currently in impressive form, though, and will be looking to take the three points from Wolves today to potentially go level on points with Chelsea at the top of the table should they lose at Leicester in the lunchtime kick-off.

With that in mind, this is how Football Fancast expects Wolves to line up against the Irons at Molineux Stadium, with two changes from the side which started the defeat at Crystal Palace last time out.

Wolves will be hoping to use a not-so-secret weapon to burst the Hammers’ bubbles by injecting Adama Traore, hailed as a “unique” player by former Molineux manager Nuno Espirito Santo, back into the team after he was benched in four of the last six games for the side.

Traore spoke about his time sitting on the bench for Wolves this season and seems keen to get involved in more games going forward, saying: “I don’t like to sit on the bench because I always want to be on the pitch, but that’s true of any player. Everyone wants to play. That’s true. I want to be in the field and I want to help the team with my quality.”

This means that Lage will potentially axe Barcelona loanee Francisco Trincao from the starting XI, with the winger yet to register a goal or an assist in the Premier League so far.

Another player who will be hoping to get a start today is Willy Boly. After struggling with his fitness in recovering from a recent injury, he represented Ivory Coast in both of their fixtures during the international break.

The 6 foot 5 defender would be the perfect opponent to try and thwart Michal Antonio in an attempt to contain the striker and nullify his attacking threat.

We do expect just the two changes to the Wolves side beaten by Crystal Palace before the international break, but the two who are set to come could well make a significant impact at either end of the pitch as Lage’s men aim to halt West Ham’s gallop.

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