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Wolves’ predicted XI to face Spurs in the EFL Cup

The 2021/22 season has not been kind to Wolverhampton Wanderers so far with Bruno Lage struggling to engineer many successful results since being appointed as manager.

Wolves have created plenty of goalscoring opportunities but only have two strikes to their name in the league.

The Carabao Cup has been a little kinder to the Molineux outfit, though.

They demolished Nottingham Forest 4-0 in the last round but will face a much tougher test in former manager Nuno Santo’s Tottenham.

With such a stern encounter to come, it’s unlikely Lage will want to take out too many of his star men.

However, we are anticipating some changes to be made. Here’s our predicted XI for the game…

We are tipping the Portuguese coach to make as many as six changes to the side that lost to Brentford last weekend.

Cup goalkeeper John Ruddy comes back into the side at the expense of Josa Sa while £46k-per-week Willy Boly makes his first appearance for Wolves since the final day of last season.

Who should start tonight?

Hwang

Hwang

Trincao

Trincao

There are changes on the flanks where Rayan Ait-Nouri dislodges Marcal in the starting XI. The latter has impressed at times this term but gave away a strange penalty on Ivan Toney a few days ago.

Ki-Jana Hoever is also afforded a chance on the right where he comes in for the more experienced Nelson Semedo.

Raul Jimenez keeps his place in attack despite Fabio Silva’s need for more minutes. He is joined by Adama Traore again but summer signing Trincao drops out in favour of another recent acquisition in Hwang Hee-chan.

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The South Korean is the only member of the Wolves squad to find the net in the top-flight this season so has to start against a team like Spurs.

The final change is in the middle of the park where Joao Moutinho is given the night off. That means Ruben Neves partners Leander Dendoncker at the base.

This selection gives Wolves a nice blend of youth and experience in a match where both teams are likely to field under-strength starting XIs.

AND in other news, Lage must unleash £16.2m-rated Wolves beast on Spurs, he can create “danger”…

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