Bruno Lage’s Wolverhampton Wanderers side head into Saturday’s Premier League fixture in a decent run of form, having picked up two wins in their last three top-flight outings, with the 45-year-old undoubtedly hoping for another impressive performance at Molineux this weekend.
With Wolves’ visitors Newcastle United yet to register a Premier League win this season, the fixture against Steve Bruce’s side very much appears to present Lage with an opportunity for his team to send a message to the rest of the top flight with a convincing victory.
Will the Portuguese manager make any changes to the team which started in the victory over Southampton last time out? Here’s how we think Wolves could line up against the Magpies, along with the latest team and injury news…
Jonny Otto, Pedro Neto and Yerson Mosquera are all confirmed absentees for today’s fixture against Newcastle, while Rayan Ait-Nouri is once again available for selection after recovering from concussion.
With this in mind, we predict that Lage will make four changes to the side which lined up against Southampton last week.
The first of these comes at left wing-back, with the £16.2m-rated Ait-Nouri coming straight into starting XI after impressing in Wolves’ Carabao Cup penalty shootout loss to Tottenham Hotspur recently. He takes the place of Fernando Marcal, as the 32-year-old did not have the best of games in the victory over Saints.
The second change comes in the middle of the park, with Ruben Neves being reinstated alongside Joao Moutinho in central midfield, while the £75k-per-week Leander Dendoncker drops to the bench having been one of Wolves’ poorest performers at St Mary’s six days ago.
The final two alterations come in the front three, with Adama Traore and 21-year-old Francisco Trincao taking the places of Hwang Hee-chan and Daniel Podence on the left and right flanks respectively, as Lage will certainly be hoping for much more attacking impetus than his front three in the Southampton game offered. Wolves won despite having just five shots all afternoon on the south coast.