Wolves predicted 4-2-3-1 line-up for QPR test: Striker dropped; captain returns

Wolves' Helder Costa (C) celebrates after scoring their first goal with teammates

Wolverhampton Wanderers travel to Loftus Road for a vital Championship clash with Queens Park Rangers.

Wolverhampton Wanderers will be hoping to secure some points in their away fixture against Ian Holloway's Queens Park Rangers, as Paul Lambert's side hover precariously above the Championship relegation zone.

Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

It is expected that Lambert will stick with the majority of the side that suffered a 2-0 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in their previous fixture, with potentially only two or three changes.

Wolves' Danny Batth (L) in action with Aston Villa's Jack Grealish

Following suspension, captain Danny Batth is available to the squad and it is anticipated that the centre-back will return to partner Kortney Hause in the middle of a Wolves back four, in front of either goalkeeper Carl Ikeme or Andy Lonergan.

The latter has possession of the gloves, but after Wolves' hugely disappointing recent form (no win in nine Championship matches), we may see a re-call for Ikeme. 

Wolves' Carl Ikeme

The full-back slots are likely to go to Dominic Iorfa and Matt Doherty, with Silvio and Manchester United loanee Cameron Borthwick-Jackson missing out.

Wolves' Conor Coady

In front of the defence, Lambert is expected to field Conor Coady and Jack Price as two deep lying central midfielders, meaning that Roman Saiss will have to be content with a place on the bench. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers' David Edwards celebrates scoring their first goal

In what could be seen as a desire not to lose the fixture, Lambert looks set to deploy George Saville and David Edwards in advanced midfield positions over the likes of Ivan Cavaleiro and Joao Teixeira. The mercurial Helder Costa will join the duo behind lone forward Nouha Dicko. 

Dicko is expected to pip Jon Dadi Bodvarsson into the starting line-up after the Mali international impressed in the second half against Wednesday.

Nouha Dicko scores the second goal for Wolves

Queens Park Rangers experienced a defeat of their own last time out, a 3-0 loss to Ipswich Town, and Ian Holloway's side would also welcome the points in tonight's clash. 

QPR manager Ian Holloway during the press conference

Holloway is expected to remain with the XI that returned to London pointless last weekend, looking for a reaction from his players. This potentially means a three man back line and Tjaronn Chery behind a front two of Conor Washington and Sebastian Polter.

Here are the predicted Wolves and QPR line-ups in full:

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch