Wolves must beat Burnley at Molineux on Sunday to justify manager Mick McCarthy’s controversial decision to rest all ten outfield players for the midweek match at Old Trafford.

While Wolves predictably fell to defeat in Manchester, Burnley produced a rousing display 24 hours later to draw with Arsenal at Turf Moor. There seems little doubt which side will have the momentum going into the relegation six-pointer.

Burnley are still without Chris McCann, Jay Rodriguez and Martin Paterson but otherwise have a full squad to choose from. Manager Owen Coyle is expected to stick with the same team with Kevin McDonald – outstanding on Wednesday night – keepinng Robbie Blake out of the team.

Wolves will welcome back the side that won at Spurs last weekend with only Marcus Hahnemann keeping his place from the defeat in midweek. But David Edwards joins Andy Keogh, Michael Kightly and Zubar on the sidelines with injury. Kevin Foley is expected to fill in on the right flank.

The hosts will line up in a 4-4-2 formation with Kevin Doyle partnering Sylvan Ebanks-Blake up front. Jody Craddock will come back into the defence. The former Sunderland man is Wolves’ joint top scorer this season with four goals.

The Clarets are still hunting their first win away from home this season and Owen Coyle will have pinpointed this game as a great chance to get that monkey off the team’s back.

Wolves won back-to-back games before the United defeat and McCarthy will hope his recalled players still have that winning mentality. Anything other than a win for his side would lead to more questions being asked about his team selection at Old Trafford.

Prediction: Wolves 2-2 Burnley.

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