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Wolves’ predicted XI to face Leicester in opening Premier League clash

Wolves head into their opening Premier League clash of the campaign having endured a mixed pre-season.

Like last term, the Old Gold’s form has been questionable since Bruno Lage took over and there are plenty of questions to answer.

How will Raul Jimenez do on his return to the side? Will Wolves continue to operate with a three-man backline? There are plenty of uncertainties for the new manager.

They ended 2020/21 in wretched fashion by finishing 13th in the league, some way behind their goal of achieving European football.

After a quiet transfer window, it’s unlikely their chances will have been boosted in any sort of way, and their hopes will also be affected by Pedro Neto missing the opening stages of the campaign as he recovers from a broken kneecap.

Who would you prefer at centre-back?

Saiss

Saiss

Dendoncker

Dendoncker

With that in mind, how could Wolves line up when they face Leicester on Saturday? Here’s what we’re predicting…

We are tipping Lage to make three changes to the side which lost 1-0 to Celta Vigo in their final pre-season clash.

With Neto out injured, it sees Trincao earn his first competitive start in a Wolves shirt out on the right-hand side. Adama Traore and Ruben Neves also start despite being linked with a move away from the Midlands during the window.

Two of the changes are at wing-back, where Nelson Semedo is back from self-isolation and therefore available to play ahead of Ki-Jana Hoever.

On top of that, Fernando Marcal drops out for Rayan Ait-Nouri, who was described as a “danger” last year by his former manager Stephane Moulin. The £8k-per-week earner was only on loan at Molineux in 2020/21 but has now signed a permanent contract with the club.

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The final change is at centre-back, where Romain Saiss is given the boot and replaced by Leander Dendoncker. The Moroccan was in poor form last weekend, giving away a needless penalty and subsequently attracting criticism from some supporters.

Saiss was questionable at times last season too, so Lage could settle upon a safer option in their Belgian enforcer instead.

AND in other news, Wolves could find their own Pedri in “outstanding” rarely-seen 17 y/o weapon…

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