Wolves predicted lineup vs Newcastle - Premier League

Tom Gott
Lage is eyeing a European spot
Lage is eyeing a European spot / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Wolves need a win when they travel to Newcastle on Friday evening if they are to keep their hopes of European qualification alive.

Bruno Lage's men are stumbling into mid-table obscurity. They're 12 points clear of the team behind them, Crystal Palace, but five points adrift of the top four having played more games than those teams above them.

They can't afford to drop points here if they want to improve on their eighth-placed standing, so here's how the boss could set up.

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Jose Sa, Conor Coady
Sa has done well this year / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

Jose Sa (GK) - Sa has been one of the division's top stoppers this season. A fantastic signing.

Willy Boly (CB) - Boly may have his hands full up against Allan Saint-Maximin.

Conor Coady (CB) - Coady's leadership is so important to Wolves' impressive defence.

Max Kilman (CB) - Expect a number of top sides to sniff around Kilman in the summer. He has been superb.

2. Wing-backs & midfielders

Joao Moutinho
Moutinho has to keep Wolves ticking / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Jonny Otto (RWB) - Jonny will continue as a right wing-back in the absence of Ki-Jana Hoever.

Leander Dendoncker (CM) - Ruben Neves is sidelined so Dendoncker will remain a starter.

Joao Moutinho (CM) - Moutinho needs to provide double the creativity in the absence of Neves. Not an easy task.

Marcal (LWB) - His superb cross led to Ashley Young's own goal against Aston Villa.

3. Forwards

Fabio Silva
Another chance for Silva / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Daniel Podence (RF) - Pedro Neto is working his way back to full fitness but expect Podence to get the nod for now.

Fabio Silva (ST) - Silva should get another chance to maintain his nice form as Raul Jimenez is still suspended.

Francisco Trincao (LF) - It's not yet clear whether Wolves will trigger their purchase option on Trincao. The next few weeks could be decisive in his future.