Wolves kick off their Premier League campaign with a trip to face Sheffield United on Monday night.
The match looks set to be a battle between two resolute three-man defensive systems.
They’re the tactics which have helped make Monday’s opponents the two most impressive promoted sides of the past two seasons.
Nuno Espirito Santo doesn’t tinker too much but he will he line up at Bramall Lane?
Last season’s corresponding fixture was only won in stoppage time by John Egan’s late goal, and it could be tight again here.
After the sale of Matt Doherty to Tottenham, and the subsequent failure to land a replacement, Adama Traore looks set to revert to right wing back.
The only alternative is Oskar Buur, but his inexperience means we think Traore will get the nod, provided his coronavirus recovery occurs smoothly.
New-boy Marcal will hope to pip Ruben Vinagre for a debut at left wing back, in the long-term absence of Jonny.
Wolves opening fixtures of 2020/21 season
Sheffield United (A)
Manchester City (H)
West Ham (A)
Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves should anchor midfield. Leander Dendoncker sometimes joins the pair in the engine room, but we’ve predicted a 3-4-2-1 system, with Daniel Podence and Diogo Jota flanking the main man Raul Jimenez.
Record signing Fabio Silva could start, but Santo mentioned the need for patience around the teenager in his pre-match press conference and it would be a surprise to see him thrown in from the off.
Podence was outstanding at times post-lockdown and will be hoping to continue that form on for a full season.
It’s those wing back areas where there are question marks in a usually structured Wolves side.
Monday’s opponents have bought Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe to reinforce those areas ahead of a frantic season, and many Old Gold fans may wish to see Santo do something similar before October’s deadline passes.