We’ve got a Midlands derby to look forward to this weekend, as Aston Villa host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park in Saturday’s early kick-off. The visitors are in great shape and even pushing for a Champions League place, while the Villans are fighting for their Premier League lives.
Where and when: Villa Park – 27 June, kick-off 12:30
Where you can see Aston Villa vs. Wolves: Sky Sports
Last time: Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez put Wolves 2-0 up when the teams met at Molineux back in November, with Trezeguet’s injury-time strike only ever going to be a late consolation.
Aston Villa v Wolves Predictions and Preview
There’s a lot riding on this game for both Aston Villa and Wolves heading into this game, even if their goals sit at opposite ends of the Premier League table. Home advantage has been key in the fixture in recent seasons, but with the coronavirus pandemic meaning Villa Park will be empty on Saturday afternoon, the early advantage goes to the visitors.
The last five meetings between the two rivals have come in three different competitions – the Premier League, Championship and League Cup – but they’ve all produced the same result; a home win. This could be the game to end that sequence though, with Wolves looking superb following their return to action last weekend.
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Wolves to win to nil
Wolves to win 3-2
Jimenez to score first
Aston Villa suffered a couple of minutes to forget against Chelsea as they resumed their relegation battle, turning an unlikely winning position into an all too familiar losing one. Dean Smith’s side have now lost six of their last seven games, scoring only three goals in the process and sharing a goalless draw with Sheffield United in the other.
The Villans remain second from bottom after being dominated by Chelsea on Sunday, a day after Wolves showed their class with an Adama Traore-inspired 2-0 victory away to West Ham. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side head into this weekend’s game in the Europa League places and only five points off fourth-placed Chelsea.
However, they’re on the same number of points as Manchester United in fifth, a position which could be enough for a spot in the Champions League should Manchester City’s European ban be upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The Wanderers have only lost one of their last nine Premier League fixtures and one of their last nine in all competitions too. They start this game as the 10/11 favourites for the win, while Aston Villa are priced at 18/5 and the draw is 8/3.
One to watch for Aston Villa: Jack Grealish had a relatively quiet game against Chelsea at the weekend. Villa need their skipper to drag them towards safety, and the midfielder is 11/1 in his quest to do so by opening the scoring on Saturday.
One to watch for Wolves: Adama Traore only came on in the 64th minute at the weekend but quickly changed the game in his team’s favour, setting up Raul Jimenez for the opening goal and playing a key part in Pedro Neto’s second. He is 17/2 to get his own name on the scoresheet here by netting the first goal of the game.
Long shot: The last away win in this fixture was a 3-2 success for Villa at Molineux in 2012, the last time the teams had met in the Premier League prior to this season. Wolves are 30/1 to win by the same scoreline this weekend, rising to 160/1 with Raul Jimenez scoring first.