Having lost to one north London club in midweek, Wolves take on another this afternoon, making the trip to face Tottenham off the back of their first defeat in six league games against Arsenal.
Despite a comfortable run over the last few games for Wolves, they still have a number of injury issues with which to contend. Pedro Neto, Willy Boly and Yerson Mosquera are certain absentees, while there is a major doubt over Hwang Hee-chan coming into the match.
With that in mind, we have predicted the starting XI which Lage could put out against Spurs this afternoon…
We predict that Lage will make just two changes to the side which lost to Arsenal a few days ago, in the hope that a few additions into the team will freshen up the side and steer Wolves to a better outcome against Spurs.
The first change we expect to see is the return of Rayan Ait-Nouri after he was brought on to replace Fernando Marcal against the Gunners. Lage may give the 20-year-old his chance to return to the starting line-up and capitalise on the attacking attributes that he can offer.
The other change we are predicting sees Francisco Trincao ruthlessly axed by the Wolves boss after a string of poor performances, with the Barcelona loanee being ineffective in his position after being given the opportunity to thrive when Hwang got injured in December.
The £131k-p/w flop, who was described as “frustrating” by BT Sport pundit Lucy Ward, has scored no goals and failed to provide an assist for his team-mates all season in the Premier League after 18 appearances. Therefore, we expect that Lage will freshen things up by offering Chiquinho the opportunity to make an impact against Spurs alongside Raul Jimenez and Daniel Podence in attack.
Lage will be hoping that any changes he makes will inspire a better attacking threat today compared to against Arsenal earlier this week, with a quick opportunity to land a direct blow on a positional rival after missing the chance to do so three days ago.