Chorley FC vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Predicted Line-Ups
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Wolverhampton Wanderers will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways after defeat in the first Black Country derby in 9 years last time out. Last time out in the FA Cup, Wolves beat Crystal Palace 1-0 thanks to an Adama Traore rocket, which Nuno Espirito Santo will be hoping for again.

They will face a Chorley FC side who will be full of confidence after knocking out Championship Derby County in the third round of the cup.

  • The Opposition

Chorley have been all over social media in recent weeks, as they caused a huge upset in the third round by beating Derby County. Despite the large majority of the Derby squad being out with COVID-19, the game still needed to be won by Chorley, and they did just that.

Goals from Connor Hall and Mike Calveley game the home side the win at Victory Park, 2-0, and manager Jamie Vermiglio will be hoping and quietly confident of the same result again.

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Since that game, non-league side Chorley have played two games, losing one and winning one, scoring four goals in the process. Hall, who scored against Derby has scored two goals in his last three games, and will be hoping to add to his tally against Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

  • Tactics and formation

Poor defensive displays in recent weeks will likely see Nuno and his Wolves side revert to a back three. Playing in a back four, as they have done against Everton and West Bromwich Albion has given Wolves attacking fire power, but defensive instability.

The run of poor results in the Premier League has now extended to one win in the last nine games, and pressure of Wolves boss Nuno is starting to rise. 

This is a must win game for Wolves, as if they lose this against non-league opposition, not only will the fans start to become upset and angry, but the board and the chairman might as well.

It is likely that Wolves will go strong tomorrow night, in order to progress to the fifth round of the cup. Golden boy, Fabio Silva, scored a brilliant goal against The Baggies, which will have done his confidence the world of good. However, it is unlikely that he will start, with Italian Patrick Cutrone also being in the squad and in need of goals.

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It has become clear the Nuno is planning to stick with Fabio Silva as the main striker in the team, until Wolves bring someone in to fill the boots of Mexican Raúl Jimenez, so therefore fans could expect to see him rested for the game against Chelsea in mid-week.

Wolves are still without Jimenez and will be for the foreseeable future, but they are also without Jonny Castro Otto, who is still out with a knee injury. Daniel Podence and Fernando Marçal will also miss the game due to injuries picked up in previous matches.

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  • Predicted Line-Up

Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-3): John Ruddy, Ki-Jana Hoever, Max Kilman, Conor Coady (c), Romain Saiss, Rayan Aït-Nouri, Vitinha, Joao Moutinho, Morgan Gibbs-White, Pedro Neto, Patrick Cutrone.