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Wolves v Aston Villa: match preview | Football


Wolves did the double over their West Midlands rivals last season but are gripped by uncertainty as they prepare to host an Aston Villa side who have been strong away from home so far. Nuno Espírito Santo had been trying to develop his team’s style of play even before suffering the most unwelcome of complications, the loss of Raul Jiménez to injury. Villa, though deprived of Ross Barkley, are more settled and will aim to exploit and add to Wolves’ difficulties. Paul Doyle

Saturday 12.30pm BT Sport 1

Venue Molineux

Last season Wolves 2 Aston Villa 1

Odds H 13-9 A 2-1 D 2-1

Referee Mike Dean

This season G8 Y26 R1 3.37 per/game

WOLVES

Subs from Ruddy, Kilman, Aït-Nouri, Moutinho, Otasowie, Vitinha, Buur, Hoever, Saïss

Doubtful None

Injured Jiménez (head, unknown, Jonny (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y14 R0

Form DWLDWL

Leading scorer Jiménez 4

ASTON VILLA

Subs from Kalinic, Steer, Taylor, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Jota, Elmohamady, Davis, Ramsey, Chrisene, Traoré, Heaton, Hause

Doubtful None

Injured Barkley (hamstring, 17 Dec), Wesley (knee, Jan), Engels (hamstring, unknown), Guilbert (chest, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y17 R0

Form WLLWLL

Leading scorer Watkins 6



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