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How Wolverhampton Wanderers could line up against Aston Villa

Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Wolverhampton Wanderers could line up in Saturday's Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

Wolverhampton Wanderers will attempt to bounce back from Tuesday's 4-1 defeat at Manchester City when they continue their Premier League season away to Aston Villa on Saturday evening.

Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo will again be unable to call upon Daniel Podence, Fernando Marcal or Raul Jimenez at Villa Park, although the latter is making strong progress in his recovery from a serious head injury, and it is hoped that the striker could return before the end of the campaign.

Willy Boly has recently been absent with a knock, but the defender was back on the bench against Man City on Tuesday evening, meaning that he could be in the manager's thinking for a start.

The 30-year-old has not featured since the start of February, though, and it would not be a surprise to see him among the substitutes once again, with Leander Dendoncker retaining his spot at the back alongside Conor Coady and Romain Saiss.

Nuno left January signing Willian Jose out of the starting side against Man City, but there is a chance that the Brazilian could be back in the XI, potentially joining Adama Traore and Pedro Neto as part of a front three.

Nelson Semedo operated further forward against Pep Guardiola's side, but Willian Jose's expected return could see the former drop back to right-back and Ki-Jana Hoever move down to the bench.

Nuno has limited options for change in the two midfield positions, meaning that Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves should retain their spots, with Vitinha again expected to be on the bench.

Fabio Silva was introduced just before the hour against the league leaders last time out and is another option in the final third, but the highly-rated 18-year-old has only managed two league goals this season.

Wolves possible starting lineup: Patricio; Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Traore, Willian Jose, Neto

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Saturday's key events


TRIATHLON
· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

SWIMMING
· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

ATHLETICS
· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

SAILING
· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

TENNIS
· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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