Wolves Predicted XI as Nuno Santo faces big dilemma in Europe

Wolves will be in action in Europe for what feels like the first time in eternity on Thursday night as Nuno Santo’s men welcome Crusaders to Molineux.

The Midlands outfit qualified for the Europa League having finished seventh last term and after coming away victorious from the Premier League Asia Trophy, will likely be full of confidence.

The motivation for Crusaders is huge. To say they are European minnows is an understatement but upsets can happen and the Northern Irish side will be hoping for exactly that.

This is the second qualifying round and if Wolves want to make the group stages, they’ll need to come through this two-legged tie as well as one other.

But how could they line up?

Heading into this match there could be a major dilemma for Nuno.

Of course, their opposition are considerably weaker and therefore handing opportunities to some of their younger players could be on the cards. Alternatively, he may go full strength considering it’s still early in the campaign.

Wolves took just 12 senior outfield players to China during their pre-season tour but Express & Star have confirmed both Dion Sanderson and Taylor Perry will be among the squad for Thursday night’s match.

It remains to be seen whether they start but given Wolves’ lack of options, the Portuguese boss could look to build the fitness up of some of his first-team names instead.

Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss, who were on international duty over the summer, are unlikely to play whilst Matt Doherty is out through injury.

As a result, Adama Traore could start at right wing-back as he has been doing in pre-season whilst Morgan Gibbs-White, who scored against Newcastle, could be preferred just behind Diogo Jota.

Aside from that, it might be a familiar line-up for Wolves who will be aiming to take a comfortable first-leg lead before potentially handing more opportunities to fringe players in the return fixture.

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