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Dawson & Cunha miss out in predicted Wolves lineup vs Aston Villa


Wolverhampton Wanderers have had just a few weeks to stew over their dramatic 3-2 loss to Coventry Metropolis within the FA Cup quarter-finals, however they might bounce again towards Aston Villa within the Premier League at present.

Villa are flying excessive and are inside touching distance of a Champions League berth for subsequent season, but a conflict towards the Molineux aspect comes on the worst potential time.

Gary O’Neil has loved an exquisite debut season in control of the Previous Gold, shifting them away from the underside half of the desk whereas bringing out the perfect of the workforce, particularly his attacking choices.

Final season, Wolves scored solely 31 top-flight objectives – the bottom within the division – however after 28 video games this time period, they’ve already notched 42 objectives.

The likes of Hwang Hee-Chan, Matheus Cunha and Pedro Neto have all been in excellent kind, contributing 25 objectives between them. Forward of the Villa conflict, nonetheless, it appears to be like as if Cunha is the one a kind of in with an opportunity of that includes, albeit with the Brazilian doubtlessly set to make his return in midweek as an alternative.


This might see just a few gamers shifting positions, therefore a have a look at the beginning XI that O’Neil might unleash on Saturday night…

GK – Jose Sa


The 31-year-old has missed all however two Premier League fixtures this season, though he has stored simply 4 clear sheets within the prime flight.

With Ollie Watkins in such magnificent kind, the ‘keeper could have his work minimize out, however a clear sheet might show to be important within the race for a top-half end within the league.

CB – Max Kilman


The skipper shone throughout his final Premier League look towards Fulham at the beginning of the month, making a clearance off the road, whereas profitable 100% of his whole duels through the conflict.

He has been ever-present within the league this season, beginning each single sport. This consistency has allowed him to kind a strong defensive unit with Craig Dawson and Toti Gomes.

CB – Santiago Bueno


Dawson has been spectacular this time period, with the defender having fun with an Indian summer season to a strong profession. The 33-year-old suffered a groin damage just lately, lacking their earlier two matches and it appears to be like unlikely that he shall be concerned towards Villa.

This implies O’Neil will unleash Santiago Bueno into the guts of the defence. The £8.5m signing from Girona in the summertime has began solely three league matches this season, however Villa might properly be his fourth.

CB – Toti Gomes


The Portuguese defender has arguably been probably the most improved gamers within the squad. Having performed simply 19 occasions throughout the entire of the 2022/23 season, but thus far this marketing campaign, Toti has featured 32 occasions throughout all competitions, changing into a mainstay underneath O’Neil.

His performances have even led to the 24-year-old gaining a call-up to the Portugal aspect, profitable his first cap towards Liechtenstein in November.

RM – Nelson Semedo


The previous Barcelona gem has been sometimes utilised both on the suitable aspect of a four-man midfield, or for granted wing-back in a 3-5-2 formation.

For the Villa conflict, Semedo shall be tasked with providing loads of attacking vibrancy so as to assist the likes of Pablo Sarabia and Nathan Fraser.

In his final Premier League begin, the defender did not make a key cross, ship a profitable cross or have a shot on purpose. He will definitely have to enhance towards Villa.

CM – Tommy Doyle


The on-loan Manchester Metropolis teen will retain his place within the beginning XI from the defeat to Coventry Metropolis a few weeks in the past.

Within the league this time period, Doyle has created a giant probability, accomplished 87% of his passes per sport and received 58% of his whole duels every match, exhibiting how necessary he’s to the membership when he begins.

CM – Joao Gomes


The Brazilian received his first cap for his nation through the 1-0 win over England final week, earlier than including his second look within the draw towards Spain just a few days later.

This could definitely bolster his confidence heading into the ultimate few weeks of the season, particularly with an opportunity to safe a spot within the Brazil aspect for the 2024 Copa América.

He’ll begin alongside Doyle on the coronary heart of the midfield towards Villa.

LM – Rayan Ait-Nouri


The Algerian worldwide delivered his most spectacular efficiency of the season towards Coventry. Not solely did he rating, however the defender grabbed an help, made two key passes, and created a giant probability through the tie.

If he can replicate this show on Saturday night, Wolves will stand an excellent probability of securing a constructive end result that can bolster their possibilities of claiming a top-half end within the league.

AM – Pablo Sarabia


The veteran Spanish attacking midfielder has shone in spells for Wolves this time period. Throughout 27 appearances in all competitions, not solely has he scored three objectives, however the participant has supplied 9 assists, contributing successfully.

With Hwang, Cunha and Neto all doubtlessly lacking the Villa conflict, Sarabia shall be tasked with filling within the void and creating loads of alternatives for the Previous Gold through the crunch tie.

AM – Mario Lemina


Sometimes utilized in a extra central place, as a result of absence of the aforementioned three gamers, plus Jean-Ricner Bellegarde doubtlessly lacking out too, Lemina shall be pushed barely additional ahead towards Villa.

This might work out properly, as the previous Southampton man has netted 5 objectives in 29 matches this time period, exhibiting his tendency to push ahead from the midfield frequently.

ST – Nathan Fraser


The teen began towards Coventry just a few weeks in the past but failed to actually provide a lot going ahead.

He solely managed to take 13 touches throughout his 60 minutes on the sphere, whereas having one shot, which was off beam. O’Neil doesn’t have many different choices, nonetheless, thus that means Fraser shall be unleashed as soon as once more.

Fraser has already scored twice for the senior aspect this season, whereas including in one other 4 objectives for the U21 aspect, exhibiting that he can provide a harmful menace up entrance.

Predicted Wolves beginning XI vs Aston Villa in full: GK – Sa; CB – Kilman, CB – Bueno, CB – Toti; RM – Semedo, CM – Doyle, CM – Gomes, LM – Ait-Nouri; AM – Sarabia, AM – Lemina; ST – Fraser