Wolves’ predicted starting XI for Europa League tie vs Braga

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Wolves’ Europa League journey continues tonight as they welcome Primeira Liga outfit Braga to the west Midlands.

The Portuguese side have ties with a host of players in Nuno Santo’s squad, not least because many of their players hail from Portugal, but Willy Boly and Pedro Neto will be coming up against their former team.

Both sides are enduring a torrid time domestically, lingering around the bottom of the table – Wolves are yet to win any of their five Premier League matches while Braga have picked up just four points from a possible 15.

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By contrast, Nuno’s men won all six of their European qualification ties to get here, so it’s not as if their confidence has taken much of a hit.

But after being thrashed by Chelsea on Saturday, will the Portuguese boss make any significant changes to his lineup?

The best news of the week is probably that Willy Boly will be available for selection after serving a one-match suspension against Chelsea, so he will surely return to the starting XI after they leaked five goals at the weekend.

Jesus Vallejo made his Premier League debut in place of Ryan Bennett, but expect the 29-year-old to return after the Spaniard’s poor showing which was berated by fans.

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Another player who has underperformed so far this campaign is Leander Dendoncker, averaging just a 6.38 rating, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the 24-year-old also dropped to the bench.

That could mean that Romain Saiss is likely to move back into the midfield position that he’s occupied throughout their Europa League campaign.

Matt Doherty could also regain his place at right wing-back after Adama Traore’s struggles against Chelsea, putting in his worst performance of the Premier League season with a torrid 5.86 rating.

Aside from that the rest of the squad should remain the same.

That’s including captain Conor Coady, who Nuno has already revealed will keep his spot despite his woeful performance on Saturday.

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