Wolverhampton Wanderers make the short trip to Villa Park in the Premier League this weekend as they take on Aston Villa.
The games are always tight between Wolves and Villa in the top flight, with last season’s rendition of this fixture ending in a goalless draw back in March.
The preceding 4 games between the sides in the Premier League – dating back to January 2012 – have all been won by just the single goal.
There is just a point and two places separating the sides heading in to the clash at Villa Park, with the home side in 10th and visitors Wolves in 12th.
Wolves have begun a new era this season after the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo and his subsequent appointment at Tottenham, with coach Bruno Lage still getting to grips with Premier League life.
Three wins from the last four top flight games will have boosted the positivity around Molineux, particularly considering a slow start in which Wanderers took few points and were unlucky at times.
Their recent upturn in form is largely due to the goals of South Korean new boy Hwang Hee-chan, who has bagged 3 times in just 4 Premier League outings on loan from RB Leipzig.
Raul Jimenez’s recovery from a nasty skull injury has also been a boost with the Mexican scoring against Southampton recently and assisting twice against Newcastle last time out.
Dean Smith will have been delighted with 6 points and 2 clean sheets in the games against United and Everton, but Villa were unable to get the better of Spurs or Chelsea in that run.
All the talk around Aston Villa this term has been the sale of Jack Grealish, but there is a belief that with the current crop of players, a top 10 finish is attainable.
Any result this weekend however will need to be achieved without Bertrand Traore, Leon Bailey and Morgan Sanson who are all out – Douglas Luiz and Emi Martinez are also uncertainties due to international involvement.
Wolves are without Francisco Trincao who has tested positive for coronavirus, whilst Pedro Neto, Yerson Mosquera, Jonny Otto and Hugo Bueno are all longer-term absentees.
Aston Villa v Wolves is a 3pm kick off on Saturday 16th October.