It is sweltering in the Black Country with kick-off around 30 minutes away. The players will be very grateful of the drinks breaks in either half. I know I will be. By the time the first drinks break came around on Saturday evening, Bournemouth already trailed by two goals. They cannot afford for that to happen again.
We have a bit of a MBM feast, you lucky things:
Bad news for Bournemouth: Adama Traoré returns to the starting lineup for Wolves and, not only that, but Joshua King is absent through injury after taking a whack against Crystal Palace. Jack Stacey or Adam Smith, depending on which wing Traoré spends his time, could be in for a long night. Philip Billing is in for Harry Wilson and Junior Stanislas replaces King but Bournemouth are otherwise unchanged. Leander Dendoncker drops to the bench for Wolves as Nuno just makes one change for the game at Molineux.
Wolves (4-3-3): Patrício; Saïss, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Traoré, Jiménez, Jota
Subs: Ruddy, Vinagre, Neto, Kilman, Jordão, Dendoncker, Buur, Gibbs-White, Podence
Bournemouth (4-3-3): Ramsdale; Stacey, Aké, S Cook, Smith; Lerma, Billing, L Cook; Brooks, C Wilson, Stanislas
Subs: Boruc, Kelly, Rico, Solanke, H Wilson, Surman, Mepham, Danjuma
Referee: Michael Oliver
VAR: Martin Atkinson
This is biggie for both teams. Wolves can continue their push for another round of European football next season, while Bournemouth, fighting for points at the other end of the table, cannot afford to surrender another game as feebly as they did last weekend against Crystal Palace. Eddie Howe’s side could have done without at trip to Molineux to face a team that, since New Year’s Day, have only been beaten by Liverpool in the Premier League. Given Bournemouth’s dire away form, it is fair to say they face an uphill task. Nuno Espírito Santo’s skeleton squad have proved a tough nut to crack and have been relentless pretty much all season, despite this being their 50th game of a season that began almost 12 months ago – they are still fighting on two fronts, with the return leg of a last-16 tie against Olympiakos to come in August – and showed no let-up in victory at West Ham on Saturday. Raúl Jiménez is as good a striker as there is in the Premier League, while Adama Traoré has been scarily potent, combining his raw strength and speed with a devilish end product.
Kick-off: 6pm (BST)