Wolves travel to north London this Sunday to take on Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.
The Midlands-based outfit won’t have had much time to prepare for this one having played Espanyol in the Europa League on Thursday evening, a game in which they suffered defeat but still managed to progress having won 4-0 in the first leg.
Contrastingly, Tottenham will have had a whole week to get themselves ready for this encounter, having last played against Chelsea on the 22nd – Nuno Espirito Santo will have to be wise with his squad management.
In that respect, here’s the XI that we think the Portuguese coach should opt to deploy…
As you can see, we think Nuno should make four changes to the side who suffered defeat against Espanyol.
Max Kilman, Leander Dendoncker, Daniel Podence and Morgan Gibbs-White should be replaced by Roman Saiss, Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez as Tottenham’s weak full-back areas must be Wolves’ focus.
Mourinho has far-from-perfect options in both of his wide-defensive areas. Ben Davies – who should presumably start with Danny Rose out on loan – is lacking in pace, so Nuno must stick Adama Traore on his side where the Spaniard could give the Welshman nightmares.
On the other flank, Serge Aurier is always capable of a brain-fart, so the positionally-excellent Jota – who has five goals in his last two games – could easily sneak in behind the Ivorian and nick another goal with the former PSG man far from the most defensively-aware player in the Premier League.
Nuno has used a 3-5-2 system in each of Wolves’ last two outings, but that is a formation in which Traore can only be utilised as either a centre-forward or a right wing-back – putting him up against Davies is surely key to the attack, so a 3-4-3 would allow the former Barcelona man to hug the touchline where he is arguably at his best having completed more dribbles than any other Premier League player this season.
In other news, this Wolves man ignored Nuno’s lifeline this week in disappointing fashion…