Behind Enemy Lines: Wolverhampton Wanderers

MILLWALL will be looking to back up a series of good performances when they head to Molineux on Saturday.

In their last game before the international break they thrashed Norwich 4-0, picking up their first three points of the season.

Neil Harris signed two players from Wolves in the summer in Jed Wallace and George Saville, and both have enjoyed excellent starts to the season. They will want to continue that against their former club.

Nuno Santo's Wolves spent big in the summer, signing Ruben Neves from Porto for a Championship record £15.8million.

They have started the season brightly with 10 points from the opening five games and currently sit fourth in the table.

Lucas Ball spoke to Wolves fan Adam Virgo ahead of Saturday's game.

Twitter: @Adam_Virgo

Why do you support Wolves?

My first ever game which my mum and dad took me to was in September 1994. I was 11 months old (so I obviously don't remember). From what I've been told, Wolves Reserves played Man United Reserves and we lost 1-0, with Dion Dublin scoring the winner.

It is mainly down to my dad that I support Wolves, though. I had a season ticket from the age of around seven and have followed them ever since.

How do you assess your chances of promotion this season?

Personally, I think we have a good chance of promotion this season. I'm confident of us getting top six with the squad we have. Automatic promotion would be nice but it will be tough, there's no doubt about that.

With the appointment of Nuno Santo and some impressive additions in the summer transfer window, I don't see too many reasons why we can't get promoted, whether it be automatically or via the play-offs.

Were you pleased with the transfer business this summer? Were there any other players that you would like to have signed?

Overall, yes, I was very pleased with our transfer business this summer. It's been the best transfer window I've seen Wolves have for a long time.

Getting John Ruddy on a free transfer was superb business, and adding the likes of Ruben Neves, Willy Boly (loan) and Diogo Jota (loan) to our squad in the Championship shows real intent. Keeping hold of Helder Costa, our 2016-17 player of the season, was also important.

The only downside of our transfer window was that we didn't sign another striker. We are now left with one senior striker in the squad which isn't the most ideal situation but what's done is done now. I don't want to let that overshadow the fantastic transfer window we've had, and if needs be before January we could always sign a striker on the free transfer market.

Who will be Nuno Santo's key men on Saturday afternoon?

Barry Douglas – Very impressive start to the season for him playing at left wing-back. Loves to go forward and can defend too, one goal and two assists so far for him and he's integral to the way we play.

Ruben Neves – His range of passing is unbelievable and another one who's very important to our playing style. Loves to get on the ball and dictate the play, and has a decent shot from range also.

Diogo Jota – He's been one of our best players so far this season. Very direct and loves to take on defenders with his pace and skilful dribbling. He can be the difference between drawing and winning a game, a real threat when he's on the ball.

In your opinion, which Millwall players will be a threat to Wolves?

Knowing our luck, George Saville or Jed Wallace. Ex-players always love to haunt us and score when we come up against them. I genuinely wouldn't be surprised if Wallace or Saville scored on Saturday even though they never really delivered enough when playing for Wolves.

After your 4-0 win against Norwich, I imagine you'll be in high spirits. Any of your players could be threats from set pieces as we opt to use zonal marking and we've looked shaky defending like that. Potentially, Lee Gregory, Byron Webster, Shaun Hutchinson or Steve Morison could do some damage in that sense.

What line-up and formation do you expect Santo to pick?

We have played 3-4-3 in every game so far this season so I am fully expecting us to play the same formation on Saturday. However, I expect there will be a change or two from our last game at Brentford with a couple of players getting injured/coming back from injury.

The line-up I expect Nuno Santo will go with is:



Miranda Coady Bennett

Doherty Neves Saiss Douglas

Cavaleiro Bonatini Jota

Finally, a score prediction?

Wolves 2-0 Millwall

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