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The games keep coming thick and fast for Nuno Espirito Santo and Tottenham as the Carabao Cup returns on Wednesday evening.

Not involved in the competition so far this season due to the team’s involvement in Europe, Spurs face a tricky tie away against Wolves.

Already winning at Molineux this season in the league courtesy of Dele Alli’s penalty, the Lilywhites head coach will be hoping his team make it two from two in the West Midlands.

Given the need for a victory after two successive Premier League defeats, all eyes will be on Espirito Santo’s team selection at his former home.

So who will he opt for against Wolves? Our Tottenham reporters Alasdair Gold, Rob Guest and Emme de Duve have had their say.

Alasdair Gold – Tottenham Hotspur correspondent

I think Nuno Espirito Santo needs to get his players sharper and get some good feeling back among those who will face Arsenal.

This probably isn’t the match to dish out minutes to too many others.

We’re too early in the season for the players to accumulate much match fatigue so I’d go for it.



Pierluigi Gollini had a few iffy moments during Tottenham's Europa Conference League victory over Pacos de Ferreira
Pierluigi Gollini is likely to come into the Tottenham XI against Wolves

Certain players will have been promised minutes in cup competitions, particularly at the back, and you can still cater to them.

I would give Japhet Tanganga game time because he might be required at right-back at Arsenal and it remains to be seen whether Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn will return from injury.

Spurs need to win this match to keep an avenue to win a trophy open.

Gold’s team: Gollini; Tanganga, Sanchez, Rodon, Davies; Ndombele, Skipp, Hojbjerg; Lo Celso, Kane, Son.

Rob Guest – Tottenham Hotspur reporter

The last thing Nuno Espirito Santo needs right now is a Carabao Cup exit on the back of two successive Premier League defeats.

For that reason, the Spurs boss needs to name a strong team at Molineux as it’s imperative they get back on track as well as qualify for the next round of a competition they can go far in.

Pierluigi Gollini has been used in the cup competitions so far this season and will be back in the side to face Wolves, with Joe Rodon, Davinson Sanchez and Ben Davies also coming into the backline.

As it might be wise to start Japhet Tanganga in the north London derby, Emerson Royal may keep his place in the team rather than seeing Matt Doherty return against his old club.



Matt Doherty may miss out on starting against his former club at Molineux
Matt Doherty may miss out on starting against his former club at Molineux

Oliver Skipp should also come in after dropping down to the bench against Chelsea, while Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso need the minutes and must remain in the side to build up their fitness.

Harry Kane is another from Sunday to start again as he is in desperate need of a goal to boost his confidence, with Bryan Gil coming in on the opposite flank to Son Heung-min.

Guest’s team: Gollini; Emerson, Rodon, Sanchez, Davies; Skipp, Ndombele, Lo Celso; Gil, Kane, Son

Emma de Duve – Tottenham Hotspur reporter

This is a massive week for Nuno Espirito Santo and his Tottenham team and I think he could set up the team in a number of different ways against Wolves.

The Carabao Cup may not be rated highly by a lot of people but it is a competition that Spurs could have a chance in and after the last three games, I think Tottenham don’t only need a win to get through but also need it for a bit of positivity before the north London derby.

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Therefore I would play quite a strong side against a Wolves team who will also be hoping to win after their loss at the weekend and it will probably be another physical battle. I would give Eric Dier a rest and bring Japhet Tanganga, Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez in as I think they could all do with game time. I’m not sure how a Sanchez/Romero partnership will work but it could still be strong.

After being left out of the starting XI on Sunday, I think Oliver Skipp should come back to play with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the middle and Giovani Lo Celso join them and hopefully take the good parts from his performance against Chelsea to Molineux.

Harry Kane didn’t have a great match against Chelsea but he needs the game time to try and get back in form and score some goals. If Lucas Moura is fit I think he also needs game time and Son Heung-min gives Spurs strength in the final third.

de Duve’s team: Gollini; Tanganga, Sanchez, Romero, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Skipp, Lo Celso; Lucas, Kane, Son

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