Kick-off: 1730, 06/03/2021
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: Sky Sports
Aston Villa and Wolves have been involved in some tight Premier League tussles over the past 18 months and we think Saturday’s Midlands derby is too close to call.
Villa prevailed 1-0 when they met at Molineux in mid-December, but only due to an Anwar El Ghazi penalty deep into stoppage time.
This time, we’re going for a draw at 9/4 as our first Aston Villa vs Wolves prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa’s last five matches have either been settled by the odd goal or ended in stalemate.
Dean Smith’s side did well to beat Leeds 1-0 at Elland Road but then went down by the same scoreline at Sheffield United on Wednesday.
Despite having 72 per cent of the possession and facing 10 men for most of the second half, Villa couldn’t reply to David McGoldrick’s 30th-minute strike.
Smith said: “It’s a setback. It’s a three-game week where you can pick up a lot of points if you’re putting the performances in.
“Last Saturday was a good performance and a good win but here we gave away a soft goal and come away with nothing when we should have had a point at the least.
“I’m not concerned, we have to overcome the disappointment quickly. We have to bounce back now. It’s a local derby and a chance to do the double over Wolves.”
We’re sticking with our view that this will be an even contest and looking at the Aston Villa vs Wolves odds, another tempting option is 18/5 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time.
Last Villa line-up: Martinez, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Elmohamady, McGinn, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Ramsey, Watkins, Traore.
Jack Grealish is still struggling with a shin injury and is yet to resume full training. Matt Cash (hamstring), Kortney Hause (foot) and Wesley (knee) are also sidelined but all are nearing a return.
A Look At Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Betting Odds
Wolves predictably saw a good run of results come to an end when beaten 4-1 at Manchester City, but they were far from disgraced at Etihad Stadium.
Wanderers gave themselves hope of an unlikely point when Conor Coady cancelled out an early Leander Dendoncker own goal on the hour mark.
However, City showed why they are marching relentlessly towards a wide-margin title triumph when firing in three late goals.
Coady declared: “We need to learn from what we’ve done because we were right in it, we were defending well, we got it to 1-1.
“We need to learn, we’re a young team, learning every week, every single day.
“We’ll look at where we’ve gone wrong – because it did go wrong, we conceded four goals, and we don’t want to do that. We’ll learn, improve and look forward to Saturday.”
Wolves had previously gone five league games without a loss, beating Arsenal, Southampton and Leeds, alongside draws with Leicester and Newcastle.
Ruben Neves has been in decent goalscoring form, netting in half of his last 10 top-flight appearances, albeit scoring from the spot on three occasions.
Wanderers have an awful record when it comes to breaking the deadlock in matches, so 7/1 for Neves to grab the last goal completes our Aston Villa vs Wolves betting tips.
Last Wolves line-up: Rui Patricio, Hoever, Coady, Jonny, Semedo, Neves, Saiss, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Neto, Traore.
Wolves have no fresh injuries. Daniel Podence and Marcal (both groin) remain out. Raul Jimenez is continuing his recovery from the fractured skull he suffered in November but is in non-contact training with the squad.
Sheff Utd 1-0 ASTON VILLA
Man City 4-1 WOLVES – Conor Coady
Head-to-head: Wolves 0-1 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 0-1 Wolves, Wolves 2-1 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 2-1 Wolves
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