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Latest on Neto as injury forces Wolves into back-three at Fulham

Fulham 0-1 Wolves

  • Goals: Adama Traoré (£6.0m)
  • Assists: Fábio Silva (£5.2m)
  • Bonus points: Nélson Semedo x3 (£5.2m), Rui Patrício x2 (£5.3m), Rayan Aït-Nouri x1 (£5.0m)

FEED THE PACK

Fantasy Premier League managers prepared to back Wolves’ appealing run of fixtures were rewarded by Friday night’s 1-0 win at Fulham.

A switch to a three-man defence played an important role in the clean sheet although it took an injury to Pedro Neto (£5.7m) to bring it about.

So, yet again, Fantasy managers may need to pay attention to Nuno Espirito Santo’s next press conference if they want to predict Wolves’ defensive shape for Double Gameweek 32.

“Let’s see how he is. Let’s assess. It’s been tough moments not able to settle down the team. Always players with knocks going out. Let’s see how he is then let’s try to recover him.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

The Molineux side has been at the heart of transfer and Wildcard squads for some time with Monday’s 3-2 defeat against West Ham causing potential suitors for Conor Coady (£4.8m) to look elsewhere.

Without Jonny (£5.4m) and Willy Boly (£5.4m), the Hammers created serious problems for Wolves’ back-four but even before an enforced formational change, they went largely untested at Craven Cottage.

Such an outcome will certainly chalk one up for the fixture-over-form school of thought and is one that suggests Wolves defenders can still offer some value between now and the end of the season, possibly even regardless of shape.

THREE’S A CROWD

Despite Monday’s poor defensive showing, Nuno opted to go with the exact same back-four against Fulham, rather than revert to his side’s tried-and-tested three-man defence.

That meant back-to-back starts for Rayan Aït-Nouri (£5.0m) at left-back, while Nélson Semedo (£5.2m) operated on the other side of Romain Saïss (£4.9m) and Coady.

However, when Wolves gained greater control of their defensive third came in the 32nd minute when Neto, operating on the right-hand side of attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 formation, was forced off with an injury.

Central midfielder João Moutinho (£5.2m) replaced his compatriot, triggering a reshuffling of Nuno’s pack. 

Leander Dendoncker (£4.6m) dropped out of midfield to join Coady and Saïss in a back-three, pushing Aït-Nouri and Semedo forward as wing-backs.

“Fulham were very organised and intense. Both teams were very compact.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

Further up the pitch, Daniel Podence (£5.3m) held onto his number 10 role while Adama Traoré (£6.0m) tucked in from his left-winger role to join Willian José (£6.8m) in a two-man front-line.

As mentioned above, whether or not Nuno deploys a similar set-up against Sheffield United, could be dependent on what happens with Neto.

Meanwhile, Boly is expected back in training on Tuesday following his positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test and period of self-isolation. He has operated both in a two-man centre-back pairing and three-man defence this season.

CRY WOLF

Despite coming away from Fulham with all three points, Wolves’ Friday-night win did little to inspire investment in their attacking assets.

Neto is comfortably their best performer in that department this season with five goals and eight assists in the Premier League, so losing him for any length of time is sure to damage their goal-scoring potential, regardless of how appealing their fixtures look.

After Neto left the Craven Cottage field, Saïss’ league tally for the season (three) was equal to that of Wolves’ front-three (Podence, Traoré and José) and he even came close to finding an opener in the 68th minute when he shrugged off competition from Ruben Neves (£5.1m) for a wayward direct free-kick.

That rather damning statistic admittedly nearly changed in the first half when José nodded home a Podence cross, the effort ruled out only after the latest token contentious VAR call.

And Traoré finally dispelled the aforementioned statistical nugget with his impressive stoppage-time strike, assisted by Fábio Silva (£5.2m).

Still, despite appealing upcoming fixtures, the fact that it was his first goal since December 2019 shows just how unreliable an asset Traoré remains.

“I’ve been working hard on aspects with the manager, working on my feet and my runs in behind. If I can grow like a player it will help the team. I know the moment will come. I had one chance with my left in the first half and another chance in the second half. The final chance come and I take it.” – Adama Traoré

“Very pleased, very pleased. Adama is unique. He played in different positions. He started on the left and he go to striker. He worked very hard and with his speed and his talent he can really punish teams.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

Fulham XI (3-4-2-1): Areola; Kongolo, Andersen, Aina (Cavaleiro 84′); A Robinson, Lemina, Reed (Maja 74′), Tete; Loftus-Cheek (Zambo Anguissa 63′), De Cordova-Reid; Mitrovic.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (4-2-3-1): Patrício; Aït-Nouri, Saïss, Coady, Semedo; Neves, Dendoncker; Neto (Moutinho 32′), Podence (Gibbs-White 74′), A Traoré; Willian J (F Silva 78′).

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602 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    There is no effing way he should reasonably be benching Gundogan again, wtffff

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      somewhat makes up for selling him for Neto (scandinavian for value)

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Netto supermarket, where you at?

        1. beric
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I'm in London, but the jingle from the old advert from when they briefly graced our shores is engrained in my mind

    2. Tango74
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I sold Gundogan for jota so hoping he’s benched

      • Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Also did that with Nacho first benched so hoping to only have a slight pts deficit and an injured player for next week BB 🙂

        Ah small, tiny mercies

    3. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Just need a low scoring game with no CS.

    4. PP6
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Piss of Gundo should’ve sold!!

      1. Tango74
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I sold for jota and kept trossard

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Dias, KDB, Gundogan, Mahrez & Foden all have 1 thing in common @ rockstar

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Yes, they've all been posted about already.

        2. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Shaw and Vydra off bench for me.
          Not sure how to feel.

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Same here, feels trash.

      3. hogree
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        As a KDB seller and Cancelo capper, nervy four minutes. Make or break

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          You'll be grand.

      4. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Ahahaha. That is bloody brutal. You’ve gotta laugh.

      5. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Actually a joke. Gundo is fit as a fiddle these days - he only blood played on Tuesday, after a full rest last GW.

        Bugger off Pep

        1. Tango74
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Why u not sell him and he’s also missing from GW33

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              It is pretty funny.

            2. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Because there was no way he should've been benched for this game. Any reasonable indication would've said he should start.

              Yes obviously he's missing 33. I was planning to bench him but may as well sell now.

              1. Tango74
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Next season, easy don’t pick any city, be less devastating

          • HollywoodXI
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            As a KDB captainer I guess I’m hoping for a 20 minute haul off the bench 🙁

          • JJO
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            So my Kun captain and Gundo are not playing but Raphinha will come in to try to ruin my Stones CS
            That should be fun to watch

          • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Was always going to be the way. Pep roulette.

          • KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Big hits this week coming to remove City assets for Pool

            1. Tango74
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Cancelo going this week for me for Liverpool def or spurs DGW

                I did Dias to jota for this GW

                1. Tango74
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Gundogan to jota even

              • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Down to 10 this week then most likely, if Jota is benched too. Vydra and Shaw off the bench for Gundo and Dias, Johnson the other sub...

                1. beric
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  why Jota benched?

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Champs league I guess

                    1. beric
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      pure speculation though?

                      1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 9 days ago

                        Atm yes.

                        1. beric
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 9 days ago

                          Great

                  2. Salan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    why jota not benched?

              • pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Someone in top 10K would appear to have TC on KdB

                Anyone have link to see who his VC is?

              • Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                WCs are a curse

              • aborg
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Please Gundo be in the starting lineup.
                Gundogan owes me big time for the times I’ve been trolled by him whenever I did not own and did. I’ve lost too many points in my ML when he especially got captained and hauled !

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Nah he won’t be.

              • lewis274
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  sterling C lol

                • Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  scenes 🙂

                • dark91
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Why are people complaining already? Is the City line-up leaked?

                • Dynamic
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Ake, Mendy, Fernandinho (C), Zinchenko, Bernardo, Torres, Sterling, Jesus

                • hogree
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Sold KDB and capped Cancelo lets gooooooooo

                  1. beric
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    wow nice

                • ClassiX
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  MAN CITY TEAM NEWS
                  Team to play Leeds: Ederson, Mendy, Cancelo, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Bernardo, Torres, Sterling, Jesus

                  1. pingissimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Ake!!!!!!!!!

                • KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  MAN CITY TEAM NEWS

                  Team to play Leeds: Ederson, Mendy, Cancelo, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Bernardo, Torres, Sterling, Jesus

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    LEEDS TEAM NEWS

                    Team to play Man City: Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Llorente, Alioski, Raphinha, Dallas, Phillips, Roberts, Bamford, Costa

                • Qaiss
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Mad rotation from Pep.. but expected

                • JONALDINHO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  KDB to Sterling(C) success! Come on Raz big haul needed

                  1. Dannyb
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Same, gl

                • Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  AKE captain let’s go!!!

                • Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Pep is such an ass. If course he plays Zinchenko in midfield.

                  1. The 12th Man
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Lol

                • ClassiX
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  LEEDS TEAM NEWS
                  Team to play Man City: Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Llorente, Alioski, Raphinha, Dallas, Phillips, Roberts, Bamford, Costa

                • Bubz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Happy with that as a KDB & Gundo seller. Dallas coming in for Dias so can fully support Leeds in this one 😆

                • ‘Tis the Season
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  COME ON STERLING (C) ❗

                  1. lewis274
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      same here , need a massive haul

                  2. hullcityfan
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    That’s one of Pep’s more predictable lineups