Wolverhampton Wanderers’ season just doesn’t get any easier with the sheer volume of matches on the horizon.
The west Midlanders have the top-six to break into in the Premier League and have also advanced into the knockout stages of the Europa League, so having to play out an FA Cup replay is probably the last thing they needed.
Even more so now they have lost two players, Patrick Cutrone and Jesus Vallejo.
Nuno Santo partially rotated his side last time out with the two teams drawing a blank at Molineux, so what will the Portuguese boss do this time around?
We expect Wolves to make even more alterations than before with this fixture an unnecessary risk to their goals.
There could be as many as eight changes as fringe and youth players are handed a rare opportunity.
John Ruddy takes control as the cup goalkeeper once again with a back three of skipper Conor Coady, who keeps his place, Ryan Bennett and Max Kilman sitting in front of him.
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At wing-back, academy player Oscar Buur is handed a start after he was named on the bench at the weekend and Ruben Vinagre pairs him on the other side.
Morgan Gibbs-White is now ‘pain-free’ and back from injury. He replaces Ruben Neves in central midfield while Romain Saiss moves out of defence and back into midfield, just like he did in the original tie.
In attack, Benny Ashley-Seal is given another opportunity to lead the line, thus giving Raul Jimenez a little rest, but be sure to see him feature if things aren’t going Wolves’ way.
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Pedro Neto is the third player to keep his place with highly-rated starlet Chem Campbell taking the reins from Adama Traore.
Wolves have a tough run of matches in the Premier League following this one with a trip to a resurgent Southampton side before facing Liverpool, United again and Leicester in the space of three weeks.
The FA Cup isn’t the priority anymore.
Meanwhile, Tim Spiers has outlined Wolves’ transfer plans for this month with the club expecting additions…