Wolves predicted lineup vs Aston Villa - Premier League

Jamie Spencer
Hwang Hee-chan looks set for a Wolves start
Hwang Hee-chan looks set for a Wolves start / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Wolves return to Premier League action after the international break looking to erase the memories of a 3-2 home defeat to Leeds in their last game before domestic football paused.

This time, a West Midlands derby against Aston Villa is the challenge that presents itself to Bruno Lage and his team. They won the reverse fixture in October thanks to a dramatic late comeback.

Here's a look at the starting XI the manager could pick...

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Max Kilman
Max Kilman could be restored to the XI / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages

Jose Sa (GK) - Only three clean sheets in his last 11 Premier League games, yet two in his three most recent appearances.

Max Kilman (CB) - Lost his place to the returning Willy Boly last time out, but it would be harsh to think that should be a permanent change.

Conor Coady (CB) - Continues to play almost every minute in the Premier League and has started all 30 games so far.

Romain Saiss (CB) - More than capable of popping up with an important goal, although he hasn't actually done so since December.

2. Midfielders & wing-backs

Leander Dendoncker
No Ruben Neves puts pressure on Leander Dendoncker to step up / James Baylis - AMA/GettyImages

Jonny (RWB) - Nelson Semedo resumed training during the international break but is not expected to come straight back into the team.

Joao Moutinho (CM) - Probably benefitted from a few rests during February, although he was in action for his country this month.

Leander Dendoncker (CM) - Set to come in as a replacement for Ruben Neves, who has been ruled out until May with a knee problem.

Rayan Ait-Nouri (LWB) - In and out of the team prior to the international break as he rotated with Marcal, but could get the nod here.

3. Forwards

Hwang Hee-chan
Hwang Hee-chan will come in for the suspended Raul Jimenez / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Daniel Podence (RW) - Has been a regular starter since mid-December and has made two direct goal contributions in his last two appearances.

Hwang Hee-chan (ST) - Will replace Raul Jimenez in the 'number nine' role, with the Mexican suspended after a red card last time out.

Francisco Trincao (LW) - Doubts over Pedro Neto could hand the man on loan from Barcelona another chance to impress here.

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