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PL PREVIEW: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Nottingham Forest – Prediction, Team news, Lineups

With the manager’s hotseat still vacant, Wolverhampton Wanderers will aim to snap a three-game losing run in the Premier League when Nottingham Forest visit Molineux on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts suffered a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea last weekend, while Steve Cooper’s side were pegged back in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Monday night.

TEAM NEWS

Wolves will remain without centre-back Nathan Collins as he serves the third and final game of his suspension, but Ruben Neves will be back after completing a ban of his own in the defeat to Chelsea.

Raul Jimenez, Chiquinho, Pedro Neto and Sasa Kalajdzic make up a wealth of attacking absentees for the hosts, and Neto’s ankle issue will require surgery – ending his World Cup hopes – while Boubacar Traore has recovered from illness.

As Neves prepares to return to the recognised midfield triumvirate alongside Matheus Nunes and Joao Moutinho, either Daniel Podence or Adama Traore should make way, and Diego Costa should continue to lead the line despite pressure from Hwang Hee-chan.

With regard to Nottingham Forest, Cooper is still without the trio of Jack Colback, Moussa Niakhate and Omar Richards for the trip to Wolverhampton, but no fresh concerns have arisen since the Villa draw.

Dennis can expect to operate at the tip of the attack again after scoring on his first Premier League start for the Tricky Trees, while Neco Williams will hope for an immediate recall to the right-back area over Serge Aurier.

Steve Cook is walking a tightrope, as another yellow card would incur a one-game ban for the centre-back, but he should still form part of a near-identical XI for the visitors.

Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Sa; Semedo, Kilman, Toti, Jonny; Nunes, Neves, Moutinho; Traore, Costa, Guedes

Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Williams, Cook, McKenna, Toffolo; Kouyate, Yates, Freuler; Johnson, Dennis, Gibbs-White

PREDICTION

We say: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Nottingham Forest

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