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44 @birmingham_live BIRMINGHAM MAIL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 Sport Football Powers of persuasion work for Nuno with Ki signing MATCH GUIDE (3.00 unless stated) Ht Ft TONIGHT CHAMPIONSH­IP Huddersfie­ld v Nottm Forest (7.45).. TOMORROW PREMIER LEAGUE ....... Brighton v Man Utd (12.30) ......... .... Burnley v Southampto­n (8.00) ..... .......... Crystal Palace v Everton ........... ...... West Brom v Chelsea (5.30) ........ CHAMPIONSH­IP ..............Barnsley v Coventry ............... ........ Birmingham v Rotherham .......... ................ Cardiff v Reading .................. ............... Derby v Blackburn ................. .............. Millwall v Brentford ................ .................. Preston v Stoke ................... ............ QPR v Middlesbro­ugh .............. .......... Watford v Luton (12.30) ............ ...... Wycombe v Swansea (12.30) ........ LEAGUE ONE .......... Accrington v Oxford Utd ........... ................ Crewe v MK Dons.................. ........Doncaster v Bristol Rovers ......... ...... Fleetwood v AFC Wimbledon ....... ........... Gillingham v Blackpool ............. ...............Ipswich v Rochdale ................ .............. Northampto­n v Hull ............... .......... Plymouth v Shrewsbury............ ............. Portsmouth v Wigan ............... .......Sunderland v Peterborou­gh ........ ......... Swindon v Burton Albion ........... By ALEX DICKEN develop into one of the game’s leading right-sided defenders. What also helped sway the player in Wolves’ direction was the chance of senior football in his preferred right wing-back position. Hoever had fallen behind rightbacks Trent Alexander-Arnold and Neco Williams at Liverpool, who wanted to use him in the middle of defence this season. While Hoever will fill in on the right side of Wolves’ back three when required, his primary position in Nuno’s system is expected to be at wing-back. Jurgen Klopp’s decision to sell Hoever wasn’t well received by Liverpool supporters, but the Reds have made a tidy profit on the youngster. He joined them from Ajax for a nominal compensati­on fee of £90,000 in 2018 and the deal to take him to Wolves is worth up to £13 million. Hoever will now be tasked with adapting to Nuno’s methods on the training ground, with Semedo poised With Wolves alex.dicken@reachplc.com LEAGUE TWO ............. Barrow v Colchester ............... ......... Bolton v Newport County .......... ............ Bradford v Stevenage .............. ....... Cambridge Utd v Tranmere ......... ........... Cheltenham v Grimsby ............. ............... Mansfield v Exeter ................. .......... Oldham v Crawley Town............ .......Port Vale v Harrogate Town ........ ....... Salford City v Forest Green ......... ............ Scunthorpe v Carlisle .............. .......... Southend v Morecambe ............ ........... Walsall v Leyton Orient ............ NUNO Espirito Santo will have two new right wing-backs available to him for this weekend’s game at West Ham. Nelson Semedo, the more high profile of the two, could eventually cost Wolves in excess of £36 million following his arrival from Barcelona. But the other, who cost Wolves roughly one-third of that sum, has the potential to be just as exciting. Ki-Jana Hoever will play the role of deputy to Semedo after rejecting a move to Italian giants Juventus to join Wolves from Premier League champions Liverpool. It is understood a conversati­on with Nuno about his pathway into the first team convinced Hoever to ignore the advances of big-hitters from across Europe. Nuno told Hoever he would do everything in his power to help him OPINION SCOTTISH PREMIERSHI­P Unbelievab­le. Sixteen. Wow. His calmness and assurance, his decisionma­king, his intelligen­ce without the ball, it was terrific. ........... Hamilton v Dundee Utd ............ ........ Livingston v St Johnstone ......... ........... St Mirren v Kilmarnock ............ SUNDAY PREMIER LEAGUE Ki-Jana Hoever will play in his preferred right wing-back position for Wolves ....... Man City v Leicester (4.30)......... ......... Sheff Utd v Leeds (12.00) .......... ..... Tottenhamv Newcastle (2.00) ...... ........ West Ham v Wolves (7.00) .......... over Everton a few months before making his senior bow at Molineux in an FA Cup tie, aged 16. Speaking at the time, Neil Critchley, the Reds’ Under-23s coach, said: “Unbelievab­le. Sixteen. Wow. His calmness and assurance, his decision-making, his intelligen­ce without the ball, it was terrific.” Klopp echoed those sentiments only last season: “Ki-Jana is a wonderful kid and a sensationa­l young player who can learn so much.’’ to take over from Adama Traore on Sunday. The Semedo deal wasn’t just sprung on Hoever, the Dutchman was aware Wolves would be signing the 13-cap Portugal star before he put pen to paper at Molineux. Like Semedo, Hoever arrives at Wolves with a high-quality pedigree and earned rave reviews during his time on Merseyside. He made his Liverpool Under-23s debut at right wing-back in a victory Neil Critchley CHAMPIONSH­IP ... Bournemout­h v Norwich (4.00) ..... .....Bristol City v Sheff Wed (1.00) ...... LEAGUE ONE ........... Lincoln City v Charlton............. SCOTTISH PREMIERSHI­P ................ Celtic v Hibernian ................. ..... Motherwell v Rangers (12.00)....... ......... Ross County v Aberdeen ........... MONDAY PREMIER LEAGUE ....... Fulham v Aston Villa (5.45)......... ........ Liverpool v Arsenal (8.00) ......... £5 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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