Nuno makes big decision on 23 y/o, £45m-rated star axed: Predicted Wolves XI vs LCFC – opinion

Wolverhampton Wanderers face their Midlands rivals Leicester City in an interesting clash at the King Power Stadium, both teams cancelled either other out last season and both find themselves in the hunt for Europe this time around.

Nuno Santo has steered his Wolves side to a run of four games without defeat following the embarrassment at West Ham United.

Having leaked just one goal in that unbeaten streak, the Portuguese manager has plenty to consider as the Foxes could take the top spot in the Premier League with a victory.

Here’s the XI we’re prediction for this afternoon’s clash…

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Nuno could make just two changes for the short trip to Leicester.

One of his biggest conundrums is in central defence – should he stick or twist with young 23-year-old centre-back Max Kilman? For much of last season, it was Romain Saiss’ spot to lose and perhaps unfairly the Moroccan international has been sat on the bench.

Although, he is likely to keep the back three intact after three clean sheets in four matches. It means the other two places are filled up by skipper Conor Coady and Willy Boly.

However, there is one alteration at left wing-back as Marcal comes back into the starting XI, replacing Rayan Ait-Nouri even though the youngster scored on debut against Palace.

Nuno wasn’t really impressed with his defensive work despite the goal, so the veteran defender, who also arrived this summer, comes back into the fray with Nelson Semedo continuing on the other flank.

There could also be a return for Joao Moutinho in the middle in the only other change as he replaces Ruben Neves, who is now valued at £45m by Transfermarkt. He offers a bit more creativity going forward having averaged two key passes per game last season.

The Midlanders have only scored more than one goal in a match once since the opening day.

He’ll partner Leander Dendoncker.

Whilst the front three of Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence and Raul Jimenez remains.

It means there is no place for Adama Traore, Ki-Jana Hoever or Fabio Silva, though they could feature from the bench.

AND in other news, Shi made his biggest Wolves mistake yet over £64m-rated “monster” better than Traore…

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