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Wolves: Predicted XI vs Aston Villa

Wolves will be looking to bounce back from their narrow defeat against Manchester United when they take on Aston Villa away from home on Wednesday evening.

Julen Lopetegui’s side were unable to build on their last-gasp win over Everton when they took on the Red Devils at Molineux, with Marcus Rashford’s goal earning Erik ten Hag’s all three points and ensuring that the Old Gold would remain in the relegation places.

Another tough game awaits the Spanish manager this evening as his new side takes on a resurgent Aston Villa.

They have looked completely transformed under Unai Emery and earned another impressive win over Tottenham Hotspur in their most recent fixture

Here is how Football FanCast expects Lopetegui to line his side up at Villa Park, with four changes from the side that started last time out.

Jose Sa was perhaps unfortunate to be on the losing side against United after making a string of impressive saves, so he keeps his place in between the sticks for this one.

Although Hugo Bueno has impressed in recent fixtures, two games in quick succession might be a big ask for the youngster, so Jonny Otto comes in at left-back.

Nelson Semedo, Max Kilman and Nathan Collins complete the defence, with Lopetegui no doubt in the market for some more defensive additions in this month’s transfer window.

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Bruno Lage on the touchline for Wolves.

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There is one change in midfield, as Joao Moutinho drops out in favour of the more dynamic Boubacar Traore, in the hope that he can make Wolves more defensively sound against their Midlands rivals.

Lopetegui should also reintroduce Adama Traore on the wing to give Wolves an added counter-attacking threat, so Hwang Hee-chan drops out after another game without a goal against United, while Daniel Podence keeps his place on the opposite flank.

Finally, with Diego Costa struggling to replicate the form that made him a “monster” – as dubbed by Jose Mourinho – at Chelsea, the £50k per week striker is dropped to the bench having failed to score for the Old Gold yet.

As a result, Raul Jimenez is handed perhaps a final chance to win over Lopetegui at Villa Park, with new signing Matheus Cunha waiting in the wings.