Date: 12th January 2019 at 8:22am
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OPINION

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ confidence is no doubt sky high after defeating Liverpool 2-1 in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday, and they will certainly be hoping to bring that condfidence to the Etihad when they play Manchester City in a couple of days time.

Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves secured the win for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side at the Molineux in what many would consider as a surprise victory for the home side, and the manager will be hoping to beat yet another Premier League title contender in the shape of City.

Nuno should consider making five changes to the side that overcame the Reds this week in order to field the strongest possible team to take on Pep Guardiola’s side.

In goal, despite a good performance that kept Liverpool out a few times, John Ruddy must drop to the bench in order for Rui Patricio to resume business as usual.

In defence, the manager must go back to a central defensive pairing instead of three at the back. This would mean that mainstay Willy Boly – who has made a total of 22 appearances so far – will have to face the surprise axe in order to adhere to this tactical switch, alongside Ruben Vinagre.

Ryan Bennett and Conor Coady should both start in the heart of the defence, while Matt Doherty should come in at left-back after coming on for a cameo in the 75th minute at Molineux.

Leander Dendoncker was deployed in the defensive midfield, but despite not making many errors, Morgan Gibbs-White must start to add that extra bit of quality alongside Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves.

The last and final change must come in the shape of Helder Costa, who must come in on the right wing in order to maximise the damage the attack can implement on City.

If Nuno makes the right decisions regarding the starting XI on Monday, then his side would be able to defy the odds against City with their quality.