Predicted Wolverhampton Wanderers XI to face Manchester City in the Premier League
Wolves haven’t had the best of the starts upon their return to the top-flight and find themselves in the 14th place with one point. Last week, they were beaten 2-0 by ten-man Leicester City on the road, and Nuno Espirito Santo’s men now face the daunting prospect of taking on Pep Guardiola’s men.
Ahead of the game, let’s take a look as to how the last season’s Championship winners might line up against the last season’s Premier League winners.
Wing-back Matt Doherty is expected to return after getting injured due to a horrendous tackle from Jamie Vardy last weekend. Summer signing Leander Dendoncker is yet to achieve peak fitness and is likely to sit this one out, while Ivan Cavaleiro remains sidelined with a back problem.
Predicted Wolves XI to face Manchester City
Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo
Rui Patricio (GK)
The Portuguese international has let in four goals in his first two Premier League games. Should be at his best to keep out Guardiola’s forces.
Ryan Bennett (CB)
The former Norwich City centre-back is expected to start on the right-side of the back three. Will have his task cut out against the champions.
Conor Coady (CB)
The captain of the side, Conor Coady is an integral member of the squad. How he fares against an in-form Sergio Aguero will have a huge bearing on the result.
Willy Boly (CB)
Completing the three-man backline for the Midlands’ outfit will be summer signing Willy Boly. Hasn’t looked his solid self so far and he must sharpen up before Saturday’s game.
Matt Doherty (RWB)
The Irishman is expected to be fit and he must bounce back with a strong performance after scoring an own goal last week. Can he keep the marauding Benjamin Mendy in check though?
Ruben Neves (CM)
The Portuguese has been Wolves’ best player in the last two games. Has displayed his superior class and technical abilities in both the games and he should carry on in the same vein of form.
Joao Moutinho (CM)
The experienced Portuguese midfielder has looked the part since joining the club this summer. Should keep his spot alongside his compatriot in the middle of the park.
Jonny Castro (LWB)
The on-loan Atletico Madrid defender should continue as the left-sided wing-back ahead of the young Ruben Vinagre on Saturday.
Adama Traore (RW)
The club-record signing made a substitute appearance in the last game but he should be in line for a start ahead of Helder Costa on the right-flank.
Raul Jimenez (ST)
The Mexican international has been a bright spot in the attack for Wolves, having arrived earlier this summer. Should get the nod once again, ahead of Leo Bonatini.
Diogo Jota (LW)
The gifted young Portuguese must aim to cause problems for the City defence with his pace and trickery out on the left-flank.