LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Ivan Cavaleiro of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-1 during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 11, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)

Picking the Best Potential Wolves Lineup to Face Chelsea on Wednesday

Wolves host Chelsea on Wednesday in a huge Premier League clash, as they look to get back to winning ways.   


Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are winless in six games, following their 2-1 defeat at Cardiff City last Friday. They currently sit 12th in the Premier League, having been seventh at the start of October.


Wolves go into Wednesday’s game with no injuries, but are missing central midfielder Ruben Neves through suspension. The Portuguese ace is serving a one-match suspension, following his fifth yellow card of the season on Friday.


Here’s a look at the best potential Wolves lineup Nuno can put out for the visit of Chelsea.  

1. Goalkeeper and Defenders

Rui Patricio (GK) – Despite Wolves’ recent poor performances, Patricio has been an increasingly reliable figure in goal. The experience Portuguese star has played 14 times this season, keeping four clean sheets.


Willy Boly (CB) – Joining from Porto this summer, Boly has been a key part of the team’s defence and will likely start on Wednesday.


Conor Coady (CB) – The 25-year-old is the only player to have featured in every single game this season, putting in strong performances at centre-back in Nuno Espirito Santo’s three-man defence.


Romain Saiss (CB) –  Usually deployed as a defensive midfielder, Saiss found himself occupying a role in the back three last time out. He could retain his place ahead of Ryan Bennett as Wolves look to resurrect their good early season form.

2. Midfielders

Matt Doherty (RWB) – Doherty has two goals and two assists this season, including Wolves’ goal in the 2-1 defeat to Cardiff. He has been outstanding this season, marauding up and down the right wing with regularity.


Leander Dendoncker (CM) – With regular starter Neves unavailable through suspension, it looks like summer signing Dendoncker will finally get his chance to shine. The Belgian, signed from Anderlecht, is poised to make just his third appearance of the campaign - and he'll be keen to take his chance.


Joao Moutinho (CM) – Another one of Nuno’s summer signings, Moutinho has been key to the Wolves side this season. He has made 14 appearances this season, but it will be his first without Neves by his side.


Ruben Vinagre (LWB) – Signed from Monaco in the summer, Vinagre is a left-back by trade. Handed a chance to shine in the first team following Jonny's injury, the 19-year-old has stepped into the left wing-back role and will likely feature again on Wednesday.

3. Forwards

Helder Costa (RW) – Having featured in every Premier League game so far, it would appear that Helder Costa's place on the right wing is secure. Competition from Adama Traore is keeping him on his toes however, and he'll know that he has to start contributing more in front of goal to keep his place.


Raul Jimenez (ST) – Wolves’ Mexican frontman has been fantastic this season, scoring goals as well as intricately linking up play. Currently on loan from Benfica, Jimenez has the most goals and assists in the squad - and he'll lead the line once more if fully fit.


Ivan Cavaleiro (LW) – The Portuguese winger has made nine appearances this season for Wolves, scoring twice. He has healthy competition for his spot from Diogo Jota, but having scored against Arsenal recently, he'll feel he has earned a continued run of games.