This has been a topsy-turvy spell for Wolverhampton Wanderers, one filled with change rather than familiarity.
It’s not often we can say that about Nuno Santo’s team but he’s been forced into making a few switch-ups over the last month.
For the first time during his spell at Molineux, he moved to a four-man backline against Southampton. With that formation he engineered a draw with the Saints and a win over Arsenal but things quickly unravelled against Liverpool and Aston Villa.
Reverting to a three-man backline did the trick versus Chelsea last time out as the Old Gold secured a 2-1 win.
In some senses, a trip to Turf Moor could be trickier, though. Here’s the XI we’re predicting Nuno to pick on Monday evening.
As you can see, the Wolves coach could prefer his tried and test system once again – using an unchanged formation from the one that defeated the Blues.
However, there are two changes to the side that won last week.
The first to note is that there is no Ruben Neves. The Portuguese started just his third game in the last five against Chelsea in place of the suspended Joao Moutinho but with his fellow countryman set to return on Monday, Neves drops out.
For one reason or another, Nuno doesn’t see the young central midfielder as one of the first names on the team sheet anymore.
The other change is in attack where the £22.5m-rated Fabio Silva is axed from the XI. It may seem harsh but the teenager may struggle against a bullish Clarets backline.
He hasn’t scored in the Premier League yet and consequently, we’re tipping Adama Traore to be recalled and start next to the lively Pedro Neto.
Given his physical qualities, Traore could be the right man to upset the likes of James Tarkowski and Ben Mee.
We think that Wolves’ defence will be unchanged with Marcal keeping his place ahead of Rayan Ait-Nouri. Unfortunately, Raul Jimenez is still out and recovering from a fractured skull.