Aston Villa welcome Wolves to Villa Park for the only Premier League game of the day on Saturday. The hosts are flirting with relegation, sitting 19th in the table due to a poor goal difference.
Less than 30 miles away, this weekend’s rivals, Wolves are pushing for a Champions League spot.
Both have plenty to play for here, but will either side come away with all three points? Our predictions below.
Aston Villa vs Wolves – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-Off Time: 12.30 BST
Referee in Charge: Craig Pawson
TV Channel / Live Stream: BT Sport will broadcast this match to its subscribers. You can also watch it online, or via the BT Sport app.
Aston Villa vs Wolves – The Form Guide
Dean Smith’s side have managed to scrape two points from their three games since the league restarted. As a result, they’ve pulled themselves level with points with West Ham and Bournemouth but are still 19th in the table.
The Villains have put in decent performances in all three games, forcing Sheffield United keeper Dean Henderson into a man of the match display in their 0-0 draw. Despite their efforts, however, they are still winless in seven Premier League games.
On the other hand, Wolves are back with a bang. Nuno Espirito Santos has watched his side claim six points from their last two against West Ham and Bournemouth. In fact, Wolves haven’t tasted defeat in the league since the end of January when they narrowly lost out to Liverpool 2-1.
Wolves are on course to finish in the European spots, joint with Manchester United in fifth on 49 points, and only two shy of the top four. With no injury concerns, they’re a real force to reckon with.
What is the Team News?
Smith hinted that he would tinker with his starting line-up following a 1-1 draw with Newcastle.
Mohamed Elmohamady was the goal scorer in that match and may find himself on the team sheet instead of the bench.
Frederic Guilbert and Danny Drinkwater could both be in contention but will undergo late fitness tests. Wesley and Tom Heaton remain out with long-term injuries.
As mentioned, Wolves have no injuries to contend with. Adama Traore has been a standout in the last two games and will be expected to start.
Raul Jimenez will likely lead the line again for the visitors having scored his 15th league goal of the season against Bournemouth.
Aston Villa line-up: Nyland; Elmohamady, Hause, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz, Hourihane; El Ghazi, Samatta; Grealish
Wolves line-up: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Castro; Traore, Jimenez, Jota
Aston Villa vs Wolves Latest Odds*
The home side are priced at 15/4 (4.8) with BetVictor to claim a victory while the visitors can be backed at 4/5 (1.8). Unfortunately for Villa, Wolves look unstoppable at the moment, and having kept two clean sheets in a row will be difficult to break down.
Interestingly, Wolves haven’t done the double of Villa since 1963, so there is hope.
A draw with BetVictor at 5/2 (3.5) could be appealing, especially looking at draw no bet for Villa at 5/2 (3.5).
Aston Villa vs Wolves Score Prediction
Wolves are solid at the back and have let in only 34 goals in 31 games. In contrast, Villa have the worst defensive record in the league conceding 59. Villa have also scored 12 fewer goals than their rivals.
In the reverse of this fixture, Wolves won 2-1 with Villa scoring a late consolation goal.
Furthermore, both sides have scored in five of their last seven encounters so we’re fancying a couple of goals int his one.
A 3-1 to Wolves at 15/1 (16.0) with BetVictor is our score prediction.
Aston Villa vs Wolves Villa Tip
Dean Smith and Aston Villa have a tough run of fixtures between now and the end of the season. Liverpool and Manchester United are up next, so they will really be hoping to take something from this game. Because of that, they might try to play on the counter but inviting Wolves is never a good idea.
Jiminez and Traore have been linking up well with the backline looking rock solid. We can see Wolves tearing into Villa and winning both halves.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What time does Aston Villa vs Wolves kick-off?
A: 12.30 BST 27th June.
Q: Why are there no Premier League games on Saturday?
A: Aston Villa vs Wolves is the only Premier League game on Saturday due to the FA Cup and busy schedules.
Q: Where are Aston Villa in the league?