Wolves v Pyunik team news

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Nuno Espirito Santo feels the Far East trip has been good for Wolves both on and off the pitch as they prepare to face Manchester City.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is set to rest a raft of his first-team stars for the Europa League clash with Pyunik on Thursday night.

The Europa League is often seen as a curse to clubs in the Premier League rather than a blessing because of the vast amount of extra games teams face.

With a four-goal advantage from the opening leg in Armenia last week, Wolves hold all the aces and can afford to rest their top starts.

Wolves are not in Premier League action until Monday, when they take on Manchester United at home, so those players not used will be handed a decent rest.

The likes of Conor Coady and Willy Boly could be left out of the starting XI to ensure they are fit for Monday.

The Portuguese boss is more than likely going to use some of the youngsters at the club and give them their opportunities in the first team.

Morgan Gibbs-White, Max Kilman and Ruben Vinagre may all be given more time in the side, while there could be a full debut for Pedro Neto.

Spanish defender Jesus Vallejo is in line to make his debut too, and he could be joined by Italy striker Patrick Cutrone.

Cutrone was a summer signing from AC Milan for a fee of £16million, but he has yet to make his bow for the club and this looks to be a prime opportunity after two substitute appearances so far, against Thursday’s opponents Pyunik in the first leg and Leicester last Sunday.

Winger Adama Traore is also available for the game at Molineux after he missed the first leg in Armenia because of passport issues.

Despite their comfortable win in the fixture away from home last week, where there was a brace for Diogo jota as well as goals from Matt Doherty and a late penalty for Ruben Neves, Santo is insistent that the team will not take the opposition too lightly.

“We have to be focused and give a good performance at Molineux,” he said.

“They started very strong in the first game, we handled them OK and the moment we scored, we started controlling the game.

“We managed it until the end but Thursday is a new one.”

Baring any massive disaster, Wolves will progress through to the next round where they are almost certain to play Torino in the final play-off tie to reach the group stages.

The Italian side are 5-0 up from their first leg against FC Shakhtyor of Belarus.

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