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Wolves’ predicted XI to face Sheffield United

This has been a particularly difficult week for everyone associated with Wolves.

They may have defeated Fulham courtesy of a last-gasp strike from Adama Traore but, on the injury front, more negative news has engulfed Molineux.

Last week the Old Gold were rocked by the news that Jonny was ruled out for the rest of the season, and now Pedro Neto is also facing a lengthy absence. After suffering a break to his kneecap, he will miss the next six months of action, so Nuno Espirito Santo will have to dig deep to replace a man of his qualities; he is their joint-top scorer and leading assists provider this term.

With that in mind, how will he line up on Saturday night when they face Sheffield United? Here’s the XI we’re predicting…

We’re tipping Nuno to makes as many as four changes to the side which defeated Fulham.

The first change to note is in attack, where Neto obviously misses out. Daniel Podence moves into the right-hand channel at his expense, with Vitinha afforded a rare start just behind the striker.

Should Boly play today?

No thanks

No thanks

Yes please

Yes please

Willian Jose again failed to score last time out but Fabio Silva came off the bench to register a crucial assist. Consequently, the teenager leads the line.

There is another replacement in midfield, where Ruben Neves is absent. He is currently at home isolating and can play no part in the fixture. As a result, Joao Moutinho makes his first start since picking up a minor injury on international duty with Portugal.

The final change is in defence. Willy Boly is back from isolation and takes his place in the middle of a back four. He comes in for the £22,000-per-week Romain Saiss.

Nuno has wanted his side to be more attacking this season and, as they prepare to face rock-bottom Sheffield United, this feels like the perfect time to ditch the wing-backs. That’s something the manager has been keen to do this season when the chance presents itself.

Nuno has confirmed that teenage talent Theo Corbeanu will be in the squad this weekend – he is someone we’ve championed on multiple occasions to get game-time.

AND in other news, Forget Jose: Wolves must swoop for “powerful” 10-goal gem, Shi has already bid £91.4m…

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