Bruno Lage admitted this week that it will be hard for the Wolves supporters to ignore Nuno Santo on Sunday afternoon.
The Old Gold welcome Tottenham to Molineux and the Lilywhites will bring their triumphant manager back to the Midlands for the first time.
It will be a weird atmosphere and a strange day for Nuno who surrendered blood, sweat and tears to the Wolves cause.
He took them from a middling Championship team to a Premier League outfit competing to be in European football.
A rift occurred over the club’s transfer policies and he has now departed, yet, Lage will be keen to ensure that the story ends well for Wolves when the two managers face off.
This is a difficult start to the season for them but there will be no bigger incentive than getting one over their old boss. So, with that in mind, who should start on Sunday? Here’s our predicted XI…
We’re tipping Lage to make three changes to the side that lost to Leicester last weekend.
Lage’s men didn’t lack attacking intent against the Foxes as Adama Traore spurned a wonderful opportunity to score.
They were also bolstered by the returning Raul Jimenez and their summer signing from Barcelona; Trincao.
Although they didn’t click 100% at the King Power, we predict that the dangerous trio will all start together on Sunday afternoon.
There are changes in the backline, however, where Nelson Semedo replaces Ki-Jana Hoever.
Lage could do with more experience for a clash of this magnitude and although Tim Spiers dubbed the Portuguese a “liability” last term, the £84k-per-week wing-back could offer plenty against a team like Spurs.
There is another alteration on the opposite side where Marcal drops out in favour of Rayan Ait-Nouri.
The 20-year-old signed on a permanent deal this summer after catching the eye towards the back end of the 2020/21 campaign.
A final change falls at centre-back where the shoddy Romain Saiss is given the boot with Leander Dendoncker preferred alongside Conor Coady and Max Kilman.
The latter will be someone with a point to prove considering Nuno was keen to axe him from his plans if he was still in charge this summer.
This should be a match full of emotion but this side gives Wolves the best chance of prevailing.