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Wolves predicted starting XI vs Slovan Bratislava

Wolverhampton Wanderers take a break from the top-flight this week as the Europa League takes centre stage.

The west Midlands club welcome Slovan Bratislava to Molineux before they entertain local rivals Aston Villa on Saturday.

Prediction time:

Wolves win

Wolves win

Draw

Draw

Slovan win

Slovan win

A win could well put one foot into the knockout stages as it would hand them a five-point cushion in Group K, regardless of Braga’s result with Besiktas.

Nuno Santo normally rings the changes in this competition, so this fixture should be no different, but who will come into the side after they drew 1-1 with Arsenal at the weekend?

We predict that the Portuguese boss will make a total of four changes as he battles injury concerns and suspensions.

Matt Doherty still isn’t fit as an ongoing knee problem forced him off in North London on Saturday, so it makes sense to give him a rest ahead of the big one this weekend – Adama Traore can easily fill in at right wing-back.

While in the centre of defence, Nuno will be boosted by the return of Ryan Bennett as he took part in training – his inclusion is vital as the team faces a lengthy spell without Will Boly.

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Ruben Vinagre may be preferred to Jonny on the left-hand side of defence too.

In attack, Diogo Jota faces suspension having picked up two rapid yellow cards last time out, his place in the team will be handed to Patrick Cutrone with Pedro Neto also given a chance to impress.

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That means Ruben Neves is dropped so that a midfield pairing of Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker can be deployed, the Belgian getting the nod for his defensive prowess as he registers more interceptions and clearances than his Portuguese teammate.

There could be a return for the 3-5-2 system in order to pair Raul Jimenez and Cutrone up top.

Nuno will want this one wrapped up as quick as possible so that he can rest more names ahead of them attempting to enact revenge on Dean Smith’s Villa side.

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