How Wolves could line-up on Sunday against Leicester City
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers has his shot blocked by Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at The King Power Stadium on August 14, 2021 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Wolves host Leicester City on Sunday afternoon looking to win their fifth Premier League victory in their previous six games.

The Wanderers sit seventh in the league six points off Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League places with two games in hand.

Sunday provides another tough test for Bruno Lage's side and a chance to overtake Arsenal in sixth-placed.

Ahead of the game, Lage confirmed to the press that he has a fully fit squad for the first time since he arrived in the summer, meaning the likes of Pedro Neto and Hee-Chan Hwang are available for selection.

Neto hasn't featured for nearly a year after suffering a serious knee injury in last season's win at Fulham, adding to Lage's attacking prospects.

But with a full squad list to choose from, what 11 players are likely to face Brendan Rodgers' side on Sunday?


Jose Sa is fully expected to remain in goal for Wolves. The summer signing from Benfica has played all 23 league games this season and has made 76 saves - a huge contributing factor is Wolves conceding the second-fewest goals in the league.

As such with Sa, after last week's highly impressive victory over Tottenham Hotspur, it's expected that the same back three consisting of Romain Saiss, Conor Coady and Max Kilman will be utilised against a Leicester team missing their talisman Jamie Vardy.

The wing-backs is the first selection headache that Lage will face. Nelson Semedo has continued to improve and has grown into English football better after a troubled first season and is due to continue his fine form in Lage's side.

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But on the left, Lage has three quality wing-backs to choose from; Marcal, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Jonny. The latter hasn't featured since suffering another injury last season meaning Ait-Nouri and Marcal have been the choices.

So far it has been Ait-Nouri that has seemed preferred by Lage and after not starting the Arsenal defeat, he was straight back in and helped keep a clean sheet at Spurs.


Often this season Wolves have used a double pivot in midfield, with two players either side of Raul Jimenez further up the field.

However, in the triumph over Spurs, they used a three-man midfield and they completely over-ran Harry Winks and Rodrigo Bentancur, the main factor that helped Wolves swamp Antonio Conte's side early doors to score the two goals.

The Foxes have religiously deployed a triple man midfield themselves with Wilfried Ndidi, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall all regulars for Rodgers' side.

At Molineux, the battle in the middle of the park could be the telling factor in earning the three points.

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Like Leicester, Wolves have formed a formidable relationship between Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho. 

After missing last weeks victory, Moutinho is now available and is likely to partner Neves in midfield alongside either Leander Dendoncker or Luke Cundle.

Cundle, 19, was sensational at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and was the most accurate passer (96%) who played 45 minutes or more. He was replaced in the 84th minute and certainly earned a standing ovation from the travelling Wolves fans.


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Hee-Chang's return will be a welcome addition to Lage's attacking options but it's expected Daniel Podence will partner Jimenez in attack like last week.

Podence, naturally a winger, was very good alongside Jimenez and seems to be getting back to his best after struggling last season due to injuries.

Having Pedro Neto back for the first time this season is a huge boost from Wolves. The Portugeuse winger is one of the trickiest players at the club and was Wolves' best player last season when he was fit.

With Adama Traore now not at the club, Neto will compete with Podence, Francisco Trincao and Hee-Chang for the slot in attack with the Mexican striker.