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Wolves vs Brentford predicted XIs: Confirmed team news and probable lineups

By Dean Smith

Published: 15:16, 8 February 2024

Wolves’ run of eight home matches without defeat came to an end when they were beaten 4-3 by Manchester United in their last Molineux league outing and will be looking to build on their impressive 4-2 win at Chelsea on Sunday with a victory over Brentford.

The Bees head to the Midlands having lost their last five league games on the road and will be mindful that there is a danger they could slip into the battle at the bottom of the table.

Will Matheus Cunha star again after his Stamford Bridge masterclass?

Much like his compatriot Richarlison at Tottenham, Brazilian striker Matheus Cunha is starting to showcase his considerable talent after a slow start to this Premier League season.

The Wolves man started his current hot streak in front of goal with the second in Wolves 3-0 win over Everton in their final game of 2023, and that’s since been followed up with further strikes against Brentford and West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup.

But Cunha’s best display, not just of his season but potentially his career, came in last week’s 2-4 demolition of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and it was a day to remember for the 24 year old, as he told the club’s official website.

“It’s a dream to come to Stamford Bridge, a place I’ve watched with my family in Brazil, and score three on my first time here makes it one of the best days of my life, 100 per cent.”

“Honestly, I’m not the guy who comes to the pitch and says I’ll score a hat-trick, I go to the pitch to help my team mates. I want to score and assist, I play at the front so need to do it, so I’m happy to help my guys.”

Wolves boss Gary O’Neil has spoken about turning Cunha into more of a consistent goal threat this season and after that scintillating display in West London last week, he’ll be out to add more goals to his tally during this Saturday’s visit of Brentford.

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Wolves vs Brentford team news

Wolves duo Boubacar Traore and Hee-chan Hwang have returned from international duty to give manager Gary O’Neil some options, but the former Bournemouth boss may elect to keep faith with the team who won so impressively at Stamford Bridge.

Brentford are still likely to be without Africa Cup of Nations competitors Frank Onyeka and Yoane Wissa as well as Asian Cup semi-finalist Saman Ghoddos, who has been in Qatar with Iran. 

Wolves vs Brentford predicted line-ups

Wolves (3-4-3): Sa; Kilman, Dawson, Toti; Semedo, Gomes, Lemina, Ait-Nouri; Sarabia, Cunha, Neto

Brentford (3-5-2): Flekken; Collins, Pinnock, Mee; Roerslev, Jensen, Norgaard, Janelt, Lewis-Potter; Toney, Maupay

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