The Magic of the FA Cup returns on Monday, as Wolves travel to face Premier League leaders Liverpool. 

Wolves have impressed many this season under the guidance of Nuno Espirito Santo, as they currently sit comfortably in eighth place. The visitors will be aware that the home side will be resting their star performers with the league in mind and may smell blood, after already securing wins against Tottenham and Chelsea so far this season. 

Here’s how Wolves could line up for the fixture:

1. Goalkeepers & Defenders

BIEL, SWITZERLAND - JULY 10: #21 Goalkeeper John Ruddy of Wolverhampton Wanderers looks on during the Uhrencup 2018 on July 10, 2018 at the Tissot Arena in Biel, Switzerland. (Photo by Robert Hradil/Getty Images)

John Ruddy (GK) – The shot-stopper has found it hard to gain a place in the first team since the summer signing of Rui Patricio. It’s likely Ruddy will be given the nod on Monday. 

Matt Doherty (RWB) – The Irish international has been incredible flying down the wing this season, offering support in attack as well as helping out at the back and will be a danger to the Reds. 

Leander Dendoncker (CB) – Having signed on a season long loan from Belgian side Anderlecht, Dendoncker has had few chances to impress so he’s likely to start on Monday. 

Conor Coady (CB) – The ever present defender has been the core of the Wolves defence this season and will no doubt be selected to prevent Liverpool’s attacking threat.

Kortney Hause (CB) – The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from Molineux in the January transfer window and will be looking to impress if given the nod on Monday. 

Ruben Vinagre (LWB) – As good a performer as any of the wing-backs currently in the side, he’s filled in admirably when Jonny picked up a slight injury earlier in the season. 

2. Midfielders

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Morgan Gibbs-White of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool FC at Molineux on December 21, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)

Romain Saiss (CM) – The versatile Moroccan has flirted with the first team this season filling in in defence and midfield, will be sure to try and impress on Monday to increase his playing time. 

Morgan Gibbs-White (CM) – The 18-year-old has become a first-team regular this season after featuring on 15 occasions in the league.  

3. Forwards

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace at Molineux on January 2, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)

Adama Traore (RW) – The winger possess explosive pace but has been unable to stamp down his place in the starting team this season, most frequently appearing as a sub to capitalise from tired defensive legs. 

Leo Bonatini (ST) – The Brazilian striker has found it hard to get a game of late with summer signing Raul Jimenez appearing to be favoured by Espirito Santos. A lengthy outing against Liverpool wouldn’t hurt for restoring his sharpness. 

Ivan Cavaleiro (LW) – The 25-year-old will be expected to be given the nod for Monday’s game and will hope to assert himself as a frequent starter for Espirito Santo’s future plans. 


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