Wolves welcome Manchester United to Molineux on Tuesday night for a repeat of their FA Cup quarter-final which saw Wolves advance to Wembley thanks to a 2-1 win.
The hosts will be looking to get back on track after putting in a poor performance at Burnley last weekend, though they may have one eye on next Saturday’s semi-final against Watford given the gap between themselves and the ‘big six’ in the Premier League table.
Ahead of Tuesday’s clash, check out Nuno Espirito Santo’s best available Wolves lineup.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Rui Patricio (GK) – Patricio’s performances have been somewhat underwhelming in the second half of the season, after the vastly experienced shot-stopper had initially made an impressive start to life at Molineux.
Matt Doherty (RWB) – Doherty should be set to return to the starting XI after he was named, surprisingly, as a substitute for the defeat at Turf Moor last weekend. His attacking threat from wing-back will be necessary if Wolves are to trouble Manchester United in the final third.
Romain Saiss (RCB) – Having recently signed a new deal that will keep him in the West Midlands until at least 2021, Saiss should start to see more playing time thanks to the fact that Wolves sit in seventh as the best of the rest with only the FA Cup left to play for.
Connor Coady (CB) – Coady’s early own goal against Burnley seemed to throw Wolves off course, as they never really got into the game after going behind inside two minutes. The club captain has otherwise led by example this season, becoming a fearsome figure at the back for his side.
Willy Boly (LCB) – Another player who has impressed in Santo’s well-drilled system of a back-five, Boly will be up against the tricky combination of Marcus Rashford’s electric pace and Romelu Lukaku’s imposing strength.
Jonny Otto (LWB) – After making his loan move from Atletico Madrid permanent, Jonny has made the left wing-back spot his own this season and his advances forward mean United could be vulnerable on the counter-attack if they dominate possession.
Ruben Neves (CM) – An exciting talent who has already endeared himself to the Wolves faithful, Neves has the potential to become one of the Premier League’s best midfielders over the next decade with his pinpoint passing skills.
Joao Moutinho (CM) – Neves’ compatriot Joao Moutinho is the man who really makes Nuno’s side tick. Able to control the game from a deep-lying playmaker position, his vision and presence of mind means United could be caught out if they throw too many men forward.
Adama (RW) – Although he possesses frightening pace, Adama still looks to have a way to go before he can become a regular starter in the Premier League as he has struggled to adapt to the physical nature of the top flight since his summer move from Middlesbrough.
Raul Jimenez (ST) – Another player who was mysteriously named on the bench for the defeat to Burnley, Jimenez has been a key player for Wolves in front of goal, becoming only the second Mexican, after Javier Hernandez, to score ten or more goals in a Premier League season.
Helder Costa (LW) – The winger has been a victim of circumstance throughout the course of the season, often losing his place due to Santo’s desire to sometimes field two strikers instead of two out-and-out wide players, though Costa could return after Ivan Cavaleiro’s poor display last time out.