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Santo to start Jota and Neves? – Predicted 3-4-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers XI to face Cardiff City

Nuno Espirito Santo joined Wolves in the summer of 2017 (Getty Images)
Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo (Getty Images)

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Predicted 3-4-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers XI to face Cardiff City

Wolverhampton Wanderers suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of bottom-table outfit Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Sunday

Nuno Santo’s men have lost four of their last five Premier League games and they will be desperate to turn their fortunes around when they face Cardiff City on Friday.

Cardiff lost 1-0 to Everton in their last game and Neil Warnock shouldn’t be too disappointed with his team’s performance.

Wolves currently sit 11th in the standings and a win on Friday will propel them back into the top ten.

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Wolves will be without the services of left-wing back Jonny Otto Castro who is sidelined for 5-6 weeks with a torn knee ligament. Apart from that, Nuno Santo will have the entire squad of players at his disposal for selection.

Nuno Santo is not expected to make too many changes to the line-up that lost 2-0 to Huddersfield in the last game.

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Formation: 3-4-3

Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo

Predicted XI

1. Rui Patricio (GK)

He has hardly at fault for any of the goals in the last game and has always been a reliable presence between the sticks.

2. Ryan Bennett (CB)

The Englishman has been a solid presence at the back and Wolves will be hoping for him to continue his good work.

3. Conor Coady (CB)

The former Liverpool man has been a standout figure at the back for Nuno Santo’s men.

4. Willy Boly (CB)

The Frenchman wasn’t quite at his best in the last game and Wolves will need him to raise his game on Friday.

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5. Matt Doherty (RWB)

The Irishman did a pretty good job defensively in the last outing but lacked his usual sharpness in the attacking third and he will be expected to put in an improved performance against Cardiff.

6. Ruben Vinagre (LWB)

The youngster had a decent game against Huddersfield and will be expected to continue in the first-team in Jonny’s absence.

7. Ruben Neves (CM)

He was far from his best in the last game and struggled to stamp his authority over the opposition in the midfield. Wolves will need him to be at his best this Friday away at Cardiff.

8. Joao Moutinho (CM)

The veteran seemed to run out of steam in the last outing and was well below-par in the heart of the midfield.

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9. Helder Costa (RW)

The Portuguese international had a poor game by his standards against Huddersfield and he will need to fire if Wolves are to claim three points on Friday.

10. Diogo Jota (LW)

Ivan Cavaleiro was taken off at halftime in the last game as a result of his lacklustre display and Diogo Jota might get a start this week.

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11. Raul Jimenez (ST)

Just like most of his teammates, the Mexican was poor against Huddersfield and missed a rather simple chance. He will need to put his hand up this week.

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