Sports Mole presents Saturday’s Premier League clash between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Having both started the international break after defeats at home, Wanderers of Wolverhampton and AstonVilla will aim to bounce back in the Premier League on Saturday West Midlands derby in Molineux.
Bruno LageThe side lost 3-2 to Leeds United in a classic last time out, while the Lions suffered a 1-0 loss to Arsenal in front of their own fans.
Five goals, a red card, a string of injuries and a stunning comeback – Wolves’ encounter with Jesse MarschLeeds were one for the ages, but unfortunately for the home crowd, their side were on the wrong side of the score at the full-time whistle.
With the Whites losing no less than four players to injury and trailing 2-0 before the hour mark, Wolves were seemingly set for a comfortable success before Raul Jimenez controversially received their marching orders, and Leeds produced a phenomenal turnaround through Jack Harrisson, Rodrigo and Luke Ayling.
Lage naturally aimed Kevin friend for Jimenez’s red card that day, but his side’s capitulation at Molineux was their doing, and it’s surely a bridge too far for Wolves to challenge for a top four finish now after a fourth out of six defeats .
This weekend’s hosts remain firmly in contention for a European spot as they sit eighth in the table but five points behind fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur – who have a game in play – so their Europa League fate or in the Europa Conference League remains out of their hands. .
Moreover, Lage’s side are nothing if not inconsistent at home – making a habit of winning one then losing one at their Premier League seat of Molineux – and since December Wolves haven’t did not tie in big.
Confronting the London opposition was not Steven GerardAston Villa’s game of choice so far, with the Lions suffering back-to-back defeats to two capital sides at West Ham United and most recently at Arsenal ahead of the international break.
Bukayo SakaThe team’s well-timed effort propelled the Gunners to a 1-0 victory at Villa Park last time out, with the former Arsenal player Emiliano Martinez not doing enough to prevent effort by former team-mate and current Arsenal stopper Bernd Leno be beset by his fate after a crucial last-minute stoppage.
Any hope of catching up with the European chasing pack is seemingly dead and buried for Villa, whose main aim now is to consolidate their grip on the first half as they remain ninth in the table – level on points with Leicester City having played two more games.
While Wolves are yet to draw a league game in 2022, it’s been over 12 months since Aston Villa last shared the spoils in a Premier League game away from home, so the ecent history certainly suggests that there will be a winner and a loser in this battle. .
Before being on the wrong side of a 3-2 draw against Leeds, Wolves beat a five-goal thriller with Villa by that margin in October, and the Lions have won just one of their last five against Wolves since returning to the Premier League. in 2019.
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Wolves will be forced into an attacking reshuffle with Jimenez suspended for Saturday’s game, so Hwang Hee-chan should bind with Francisco Trincao and Daniel Podence in the final third this weekend.
Midfielder Ruben Neves battling to return from knee injury before end of season – Ki Jana Hoever keeps him company in the treatment room – while Nelson Semedo and pedro neto are both fitness doubts.
Willy Boly given the green light in defense for Leeds defeat but could make way for a comeback Max Kilman this week as Joao Moutinho and Leandre Dendoncker link up in midfield with Neves absent.
As for Villa, Gerrard has only one confirmed absentee to work around in the form of Wonderful Nakamba – who will play on Friday at the under-23 level – and Kortney Hause apparently recovered from an abdominal problem.
The visiting boss chose to drop Danny Ing in favor of Emiliano Buendia for loss to Arsenal but can call on former Liverpool and Southampton man to return to England striker’s side Ollie Watkins here.
Ashley Young – who struck during Arsenal’s celebrations in their 1-0 win last time out – endured a difficult afternoon against Bukayo Saka and is expected to retire for fitness Lucas Digne.
Possible Wolverhampton Wanderers starting roster:
HER ; Kilman, Coady, Saiss; Jonny, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri; Trincao, Hwang, Podence
Aston Villa’s possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Worthy; McGinn, Luiz, Ramsey; Coutinho; Watkins, Ings.
We say: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Aston Villa
The absences of Jimenez and Neves, coupled with Neto’s fitness issues and disappointing form, have not spelled optimism for Wolves here, but Villa have not entered the international break in sparkling form either. .
However, Gerrard is spoiled for choice when it comes to freshening up his attack and is working with a much fitter side than Lage, so we can imagine Villa returning to victory in this derby as Wolves’ continental aspirations take another hit.