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Wolves need to rest Joao Moutinho against Braga

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Wolves need to rest Joao Moutinho against Braga

Wolverhampton Wanderers face Braga on Thursday night in the Europa League and will be looking to make a solid start in their group.

After three gruelling rounds of qualification, the West Midlands club were drawn alongside Braga, Besiktas and Slovan Bratislava in a difficult Europa League group.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side may be dark horses in the competition to succeed this campaign and they should be able to have a good crack at it.

But the bigger game this week comes on Sunday when they travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League and they need to prioritise it.

Wolves were beaten 5-2 by Chelsea in their last outing and it’s been a shocking start to the new league campaign.


They have only three points from their opening five league matches and are yet to win a game in the top-flight, which is quite the contrast to last season.

Nuno could really do with a result when his team travel to Selhurst Park to face Palace at the weekend, so should have one eye on that fixture ahead of Braga.

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It would be wise to make at least a couple of changes to the team and name some key players on the bench.

Joao Moutinho should be dropped for the European match against Braga and kept back for Palace.

The 33-year-old senior player is so instrumental at Molineux and he is going to need to pull the strings at the weekend in the league.

It’s not worth risking the £5million (BBC) attacking midfielder in mid-week, so the likes of Leander Dendoncker, Romain Saiss and Ruben Neves should be selected in the centre of the park.

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