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Wolves predicted starting XI to face Crystal Palace

Wolves are back in action this afternoon with a Premier League clash against Crystal Palace at Molineux after losing their two previous games against Arsenal and West Ham United. 

With Bruno Lage revealing in his latest press conference that full-back Nelson Semedo will be out of action for the next few weeks through injury, here’s how we feel the Old Gold could line up to take on the Eagles today. 

Our predicted line-up shows five changes from the side which started in the 1-0 defeat to the Irons six days ago.

Taking into account how he has played in all 26 league games for Wolves so far in his debut season at Molineux, conceding only 21 goals and keeping nine clean sheets in the process, it would be hard not to envisage Jose Sa starting in goal on this occasion. 

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At the back, we think Lage will again go with the central defensive trio of Romain Saiss, Max Kilman and club captain Conor Coady, who will all be desperate to help the team to a clean sheet after their two previous defeats. 

In the full-back positions, with Semedo still ruled out, we can see the Wolves manager sticking with Ki-Jana Hoever on the right after his runout against the Hammers, but replacing Fernando Marcal on the left with Rayan Ait-Nouri, who has been the squad’s best performer this season according to WhoScored.

In midfield, with Leander Dendoncker failing to have much of an impact in an attacking and defensive sense last weekend, this could pave the way for Joao Moutinho to come back into the team next to Ruben Neves to see if he can help his side pick up a win. 

With the Old Gold in need of a victory and the attacking trio of Fabio Silva, Hwang Hee-chan and Francisco Trincao failing to even get one shot on target against West Ham, this could lead to Lage dropping all three to try and add more cutting edge to Wolves’ attack.

That defeat made it 20 Premier League games without a goal for the £131k-per-week Trincao, so it’s fair to say that he has been something of a flop in a Wolves shirt so far, and he could well face the axe today.

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Therefore, we think Daniel Podence will come back in, with Raul Jimenez in the middle and Pedro Neto getting his first start of the campaign in a total revamp of their attacking line.

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