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3-4-2-1 Wolves Predicted Lineup Vs Cardiff City: An Unchanged Side For Santo?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Wolves will travel to Wales to take on Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday night looking to consolidate their position at the top of the Skybet Championship standings. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are just 6 points ahead of the Bluebirds at the top of the table, having played a game more, with a crucial match against their title rivals on Friday looming on the horizon.

If the home side can conjure up a victory against Wolves, they would be in with a great chance to draw level on points with the Championship leaders, if they win their match in hand. However, Wolves still have a superior goal difference which means that they will still have an advantage over their Welsh rivals.

The recent history of the fixture makes a grim reading for the West Midlands side as they have lost four of their last five encounters with the Bluebirds. Santo is expected to opt for a 3-4-2-1 formation for this clash and will be boosted with the return of Ruben Neves from suspension.

3-4-2-1 Wolves Predicted Lineup To Face Cardiff City:

Defence

John Ruddy is set to retain his place in the Wolves goal and might be protected by a back three of Roderick Miranda, Conor Coady and Willy Boly. Nuno Espírito Santo has seen his Wolves defence concede just 36 goals in 40 league games this season and will be hoping that his defenders can keep it tight at the back against a high-flying Cardiff City side.

Midfield

Roman Saiss might continue his midfield partnership with Alfred N’Diaye at the centre of the park. Barry Douglas will resume his duties on the left while Ryan Bennett operates on the right flank. Ruben Neves might return from suspension and start on the bench to play some part later on in the match.

Ivan Cavaleiro and Wander Helder Costa are set to play just ahead of the midfield four to provide support to their frontman. Both players have been in terrific form recently and have found the back of the net in their last away league encounter versus Middlesbrough in March.

Attack

Diogo Jose Jota scored the opening goal from the penalty spot against Hull City and may lead the lines for the Wolves once again up top. The 21-year-old Portuguese forward has featured in 40 matches for the West Midlands outfit this season, scoring 15 goals and creating 6 assists across all competitions. He will be responsible to get his name on the scoresheet once again when he laces up to face off against the Bluebirds defence on Friday night.

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