Wolves potential line-up for their game vs Birmingham

Wolverhampton Wanderers Carl Ikeme and Conor Coady

Wolves continue their Championship season with a huge derby against Birmingham on the weekend, but who will be in their starting team?

Walter ZengaWalter Zenga

Wolves face Birmingham in a West Midlands derby on Saturday, knowing that another good performance will put them three points clear of their opponents. With such a hotly-anticipated derby on the way, who will start for Wolves against Birmingham?

Carl Ikeme

Wolves' Carl Ikeme

The goalkeeper has hardly put a foot wrong for Wolves so far this season. Even though he conceded twice on the opening day of the season, he has had very little to do.

Two clean sheets against Reading and Ipswich have helped keep Wolves in the top half of the table, and another on Saturday will give Wolves every chance of taking three valuable points away from their rivals.

Conor Coady, Danny Batth, Kortney Hause and Matt Doherty

Burnley's Sam Vokes and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Kortney Hause in action

                                Burnley's Sam Vokes and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Kortney Hause in action

Batth and Hause are likely to keep their places in the team against Birmingham after they barely put a foot wrong against Ipswich. In what was a game of attrition, the two were strong in the centre and used the ball well when called upon.

Dominic Iorfa is unlucky to drop out of the team as he played well defensively at right-back in their last game and put in a strong performance against Reading when Hause was dropped to the bench. However, against Ipswich, Iorfa struggled to add any real threat on the right hand side and Walter Zenga could look to Coady to provide some much-needed attacking flair against Birmingham.

Doherty should keep his place on the right with a string of good performances defensively and offensively keeping the left-back slot well under his control.

David Edwards, Lee Evans and George Saville

Swansea's Jack Cork in action with Wolverhampton Wanderers' George Saville

                                   Swansea's Jack Cork in action with Wolverhampton Wanderers' George Saville

The same midfield three that started against Reading. Zenga may have regretted his decision to mix his midfield up against Ipswich as Wolves struggled to impose themselves offensively in the game. Saville was dropped to the bench as Coady was preferred in central midfield.

Edwards and Evans played in the same busy style as usual; however, on the ball they were laboured and lacked a real incision on the ball. Perhaps with the return of Saville in the midfield, Wolves will carry the same threat against Birmingham as they did against Reading.

Helder Costa, Joe Mason and Joao Teixeira

Benfica's Helder Costa on loan to Monaco

                                                            Benfica's Helder Costa on loan to Monaco

It was a difficult evening for Wolves three frontmen as they found a compact Ipswich defence a difficult beast to master. Bodvarsson could be a casualty from that side, with his missed penalty proving costly in a game they could have won.

Mason and Teixeira were not able to sparkle in the same way they did against Reading; however, with a feisty derby on the cards, there could be a lot of space out on the wings to capitalise on. Costa may come in for Bodvarsson and be shifted out onto the wing, his more natural position. This would facilitate Mason moving into the centre as Wolves chase three points that will see their good start get even better.

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