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Saiss to partner Neves in midfield? – Predicted 3-4-2-1 Wolves XI to face Manchester City

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Predicted Wolverhampton Wanderers XI to face Man City in the Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers pulled the rabbit out of the hat as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side upset the odds to beat Liverpool 2-1 in the third round of the FA Cup.

Wolves lost their last Premier League game 2-0 to Crystal Palace and they will be up against it once again when they make the trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City on Monday night.

The Citizens reinvigorated the title race with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool before a 9-0 demolition of Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup.

However, Pep Guardiola’s side were held to a 1-1 draw away from home by Wolves earlier in the season and they cannot afford to take things granted heading into this fixture.

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Nuno Espirito Santo has no injuries to contend with for this clash and he will be expected to make some minor alterations to the eleven that played in the FA Cup against Liverpool.

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Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo

Formation: 3-4-2-1

Predicted XI

1. Rui Patricio (GK)

The Portuguese shot-stopper was rested for the FA Cup game but he has always been a reliable presence between the sticks.

2. Conor Coady (CB)

The former Liverpool academy graduate has been one of best centre-backs in the Premier League this season.

3. Willy Boly (LCB)

The Frenchman’s strength and aerial ability are invaluable assets to Wolves’ backline.

4. Ryan Bennett (RCB)

The Englishman has done a fantastic job at the back alongside Coady and Boly and should be amongst the starters for this one as well.

5. Matt Doherty (RWB)

The Irishman was rested for the FA Cup game but he has been one of the driving forces behind the team’s success this term and he should be one of the first names on the team sheet against Man City.

6. Jonny Otto Castro (LWB)

The Spaniard played on the right against Liverpool in the FA Cup but he will be expected to return to his preferred left wing-back role on Monday.

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7. Ruben Neves (CM)

He scored a screamer to help Wolves overcome Liverpool in the FA Cup and there should be absolutely no doubt over his selection.

8. Romain Saiss (CM)

Nuno Santo should use the energetic and tenacious Moroccan to combat Man City’s build-up play in the midfield.

9. Joao Moutinho (RAM)

The Portuguese veteran’s experience and composure on the ball can prove to be a deciding factor against Man City.

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10. Diogo Jota (LAM)

He started the game against Liverpool in the FA Cup and Nuno Santo should continue to rely on him.

11. Raul Jimenez (ST)

The Mexican scored in the FA Cup against Liverpool and Wolves will need him to fire on all cylinders on Monday.

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