Saturday’s lunchtime Premier League game sees West Midlands rivals Wolves and Aston Villa try to return to winning ways at Molineux.
Four defeats in their last five games has seen Aston Villa slip into the bottom half of the table after a promising start. However, victories in the two games they have in hand over the majority of teams in the division would see Villa in the top four.
Wolves have really struggled to find consistency in the top flight this season, and were beaten fairly easily at Anfield last time out. The injury to their talismanic forward Raul Jiminez and the sale of Diogo Jota to Liverpool has clearly impacted Nuno Espirito Santos’ side.
However, despite their recent inconsistency, Wolves will go into this one confident of a result. They got the better of their neighbours twice in the Premier League last season, and they boast the best defensive home record in the top flight this season.
Daniel Podence will likely be handed the unenviable task of filling Jiminez’ boots for Wolves this weekend, but on a positive note Romain Saiss could return for the home side.
Ross Barkley continues to sit out for Villa, whilst he nurses a hamstring injury, but Dean Smith’s squad is otherwise unblemished going into Saturday’s game.