May 19, 2024

Predicting Gary O’Neil’s Wolverhampton Wanderers lineup against Luton Town in the Premier League.
Wolverhampton Wanderers return to Premier League action at Molineux on Saturday afternoon, when they host Luton Town.

On Wednesday, Gary O’Neil’s side endured their fourth consecutive home defeat, as AFC Bournemouth won 1-0 in a game marred by VAR controversy. Arsenal won 2-0 four days previously, despite a tenacious Wolves performance.

Recent performances indicate that finishing in the top half is the limit of Wanderers’ realistic objectives for the current season, with their fleeting European hopes now long gone. This is a wonderful opportunity to cut the gap to the top 10, but Luton are frazzled after four defeats in their last five.

Santiago Bueno suffered a hamstring injury in midweek, requiring O’Neil to make a half-time substitution. Prior to the injury, the Old Gold avoided their customary three-back formation, but there will be little choice or tactical flexibility this time around. One positive was Matheus Cunha’s comeback from the bench against Bournemouth.

With those team news facts in mind, here’s the Wolves lineup we expect to face Luton this Saturday, featuring a defensive overhaul and an interesting starting XI return.

1. GK – Jose Sa

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Sa has not kept a clean sheet since January 22nd, when he beat Brighton 1-0 in the FA Cup. The goalkeeper will be eager to put an end to the run.

2. RB – Nelson Semedo

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Semedo returned to the XI against Bournemouth, and he is anticipated to play the majority of the remaining minutes, as long as he is available.

3. CB – Max Kilman

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The captain has been inconsistent this season but remains the club’s finest centre-back. He simply needs to work on his game and correct his flaws.

4. CB – Toti Gomes

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The Portugal international has generally played farther left in defence, but Santiago Bueno’s hamstring injury prompts O’Neil to use a four-back system.

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