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- Aston Villa have won three out of four Premier League away games this season.
- Wolves are averaging just 1.0 goals per Premier League game to far this term.
- Wolves have drawn 1-1 in two of their last three Premier League home assignments.
- Wolves have won just once of their last four top-flight tussles.
Wolves licking their wounds
Wolves kick off a run of three home games in four Premier League assignments on Saturday when they welcome West Midlands rivals Aston Villa to Molineux, in what could prove a tricky looking top-flight test for the hosts.
Wanderers’ confidence took a considerable knock at Anfield last week when Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were battered 4-0 by champions Liverpool, and the team’s lack of cutting edge without their talismanic centre-forward Raul Jimenez was worryingly evident.
Wolves have been averaging just 1.0 goal per Premier League fixture so far this term, and without their influential Mexican frontman, they look even lighter on threat in the final third.
Villa raring to go
Aston Villa will have enjoyed a full 13-day break between games during what has been a hectic period for other Premier League clubs, after their encounter with Newcastle was postponed last weekend.
With energy to burn and extra running power in their legs, the Villains will be desperate to harness their fitness advantage to leave behind a dismal run of four defeats in five top-tier tussles.
Villa can also draw self-belief from some promising away results this season, and having taken maximum points in three of their first four tests on the road, Dean Smith will be targeting more success on Saturday.
Villa to avoid defeat?
Any trip to play Wolves at Molineux is a daunting task, though a favourable set of circumstances could allow Aston Villa to take something from the game against their West Midlands neighbours this weekend.
With Raul Jimenez’s absence a major factor, the goal-scoring potential in Wolves’ is lessened considerably, while the lengthy lay-off Villa have enjoyed between fixtures should ensure they have the edge in terms of intensity too.
Villa have also been potent counter punchers on their travels this season, as evidenced in particular by their victories at Leicester and Arsenal earlier this term, and with the mesmeric Jack Grealish pulling the strings, we think something could be on offer for the Villains this week.
With that considered, backing Aston Villa in the double chance market is advised for Saturday, while our correct score prediction forecasts a share of the spoils at 1-1.
Modest scorers Wanderers notched exactly one goal in three of their first four Premier League home fixtures this season and drew 1-1 in two of their last three matches on their own patch, and while a single effort was enough for Wolves to beat Villa when the teams last faced off in June, we think a more energised Villains side will be worth a point in Saturday’s rematch.
Wolverhampton injuries and team news
Raul Jimenez remains a long term injury concern for Wolves, while fullback Jonny is also still sidelined for Wanderers.
Wolves were hugely disappointing in their 4-0 defeat to Liverpool last time out, though Nuno Espirito Santo is unlikely to make too many changes to his XI against Aston Villa.
Aston Villa injuries and team news
Bjorn Engels, Frederic Guilbert and Ross Barkley have all been ruled out for Aston Villa, while Tom Heaton, Wesley, Keinan Davis and Kortney Hause are all rated as doubtful for the Villains.
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