Behind Enemy Lines: Wolverhampton Wanderers

MILLWALL will aim to hand a first defeat since October to a Wolves side that looks destined to win automatic promotion to the Premier League this season.

Neil Harris could opt to make changes to his side in a busy schedule, with Shaun Williams and Fred Onyedinma back in the reckoning after recovering from injury.

Wolves are seven points clear of second-placed Cardiff. With just three league losses so far, boss Nuno Santo will be hoping his men can continue their excellent form.

Lucas Ball spoke to Wolves fan Ryan Leister ahead of the game.

Twitter: @MrRyanLeister

Why do you support Wolves?

Like many football fans across the country, it's a family thing. Since my first game in 1990 when Wolves beat Bristol City 4-0 (with Steve Bull scoring a hat-trick), I've been obsessed – and heartbroken a few times.

What’s your favourite season supporting Wolves?

I've seen Wolves in the Premier League on two separate occasions and seen us promoted three times, but even after only 23 games, this season has so far been a dream and if it carries on will no doubt be my best season.

How will this Wolves squad cope with the hostile Den atmosphere?

If anything, in the noisier games so far – the derbies against Birmingham and Aston Villa, for example – Wolves have thrived. And let's not forget that a few of these players were playing Champions League football last season.

What, if anything, is needed in January for Wolves?

Wolves don't actually own a first-team striker. The only one they have is Leo Bonatini and he's on loan, so I'd expect a striker to join in January.

We also only have one fit recognised right wing-back so I'd imagine we'll sign a reinforcement in that area as well.

Who are Wolves’ danger men and why?

Midfielder Ruben Neves – when he plays, Wolves play, but by no means are we a one-man band.

Diogo Jota and Ivan Cavaleiro will be the danger men going forward and if you need an indication of how well they are playing, they are both keeping Helder Costa out the side, last year’s player of the season.

Likewise, which Millwall players will Santo’s men be wary of?

I'm sure it happens to all clubs, but over the last few seasons Wolves have had a habit of letting old players score and naturally I'm sure that George Saville and Jed Wallace will be desperate to get one over on us.

What’s your predicted Wolves formation and starting XI?


Ruddy; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Saiss, Neves, Douglas; Cavaleiro, Bonatini, Jota.

Finally, a score prediction?

I'm hoping Millwall have a go at Wolves, because since we won 5-1 against Bolton and 4-1 against Leeds in the space of a few days, sides have sat back.

Wolves haven't conceded a goal in December, but if Millwall come at them it will be more open.

Millwall 1-3 Wolves

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