Wolves vs Brentford: Predicted Line-Ups
The empty stadium is seen in the sunshine on the hottest day of the year ahead of the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bournemouth at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on June 24, 2020. (Photo by Richard Heathcote / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome newly promoted Brentford to Molineux for this week's Saturday lunch-time match. Wolves will be hoping to get their first home win of the season in this clash.

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Brentford, similarly to Wolves will be slightly disappointed with their current points total. With their solid performances perhaps deserving more than the five points they have on the board.

The last time the two sides met was in the Championship, where goals from Barry Douglas, Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota saw Wolves roar to a 3-0 victory on their way to the title.

Wolverhampton Wanderers:

Same again, for Bruno Lage's Wolves, with Jonny Castro-Otto and Pedro Neto now the only long-term absentees from the matchday squad. 

With an almost full strength squad to choose from, Wolves seem to be in great shape following their first win of the season, a 2-0 win away at Watford in the last round of fixtures. The away side were good value for their win, with Hwang Hee-Chan and an own goal from Francisco Sieralta handing them a pretty routine three points.

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For the first time in what feels like an age, there is a genuine competition for places, particularly in the forward line, with both Hwang and Daniel Podence staking their claims to start against Brentford.

But, with that said, we are expecting Bruno Lage to name an unchanged side again. Their strength in depth has created an abundance of options who can tangibly enter and change the game, if needed, after an hour or so. 

Raul Jimenez is still searching for his first goal of the season. But Lage has stated that it is his overall contribution in terms of creativity that is important. Although the Mexican is yet to score himself, he created clear chances for Nelson Semedo last week and was involved in the build up to both goals.

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With their first win now secured, Wolves will be looking up the table, rather than down, and talk around the camp suggests that the aim is another push for the European places. Although they seem to be flying under the wider media radar at the moment, this will please them somewhat, as they go about their business and settle in to life under their new manager.

Wolves' XI: Sa, Semedo, Kilman, Coady, Saiss, Marçal, Neves, Moutinho, Traore, Jimenez, Trincão.

Brentford:

Brentford head to Molineux following a disappointing 1-0 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion. Where Leandro Trossard secured a last-minute winner for the high-flying Seagulls. 

Thomas Frank's side have recorded one victory, over Arsenal and draws against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace from their opening fixtures.

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After the defeat last time out; Brentford, similarly to Wolves, are expected to name an unchanged side. With highly-rated Ivan Toney, who Wolves once tried to sign, still leading the line.

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Midfielder Frank Onyeka came on for the second half of the clash at the Brentford Community Stadium. But, Shandon Baptiste is expected to retain his place in the starting 11.

Brentford's XI: Raya, Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock, Canos, Baptiste, Norgaard, Janlet, Henry, Toney, Mbeumo 

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