Wolves haven’t enjoyed the greatest of festive periods but they have the chance to start 2021 with a bang when they face Brighton on Saturday evening.
The Seagulls struggled to create chances against Arsenal last time out and thus, the Old Gold should be comfortable of gaining a positive result.
After all, they held title-challenging Manchester United for 93 minutes before finally conceding.
Having tasted defeat, you’d perhaps expect a host of changes to play Brighton but we’re not tipping Nuno Santo to switch things up too drastically from who he usually goes with.
In fact, we suggest that he makes four changes to the side that started at Old Trafford.
Nuno has had a habit of tinkering with his formation in recent weeks but we think he’ll stick with his tried and tested three-man defence on Saturday.
However, we reckon there will be one big change in the middle of the park. That sees Joao Moutinho dropped to the bench and given a rest with football coming thick and fast at the moment.
As a result, Vitinha drops slightly further back which allows Daniel Podence to come back into the starting XI. He was only among the substitutes against United but deserves to return to the manager’s line-up.
Two other changes are defensively. Ki-Jana Hoever was impressive on his first Premier League start but Nelson Semedo is likely to come back in at right wing-back. If Willy Boly is fit then expect him to immediately succeed Max Kilman at centre-back.
The final change we’re tipping is in attack where Fabio Silva replaces the effervescent Adama Traore. Silva has only started once since finding the net against Burnley and needs an opportunity to prove what he can do ahead of a January transfer window where Wolves are looking for a new striker.
The 18-year-old has only been a bit-part of the starting XI and needs game time.