The Midlands derbies are finally back in the big time, this time with Wolves vs Aston Villa.
Granted, it’s not the Second City derby, but this clash will mean nearly as much to both teams. Besides, this is ultimately for bragging rights until next calendar year.
Remarkably, only Liverpool have lost fewer games than Wolves, yet they find themselves 12th: seven draws and just two wins means that Nuno’s side are very much mid-table.
Raul Jimenez’s late winner on Thursday night against Slovan Bratislava put Wolves on the brink of Europa League qualification. In fact, they’ve lost just one of their past 11 games: a 2-1 defeat in the EFL Cup against, you guessed it, Aston Villa.
Villa’s hearts were broken by potential champions-to-be Liverpool last Saturday and they will be itching to rectify things. They are two points and four places below their rivals after a shaky start, but a strong October means that the Villans will certainly view this as a chance to pick up some points.
Read on for Wolves vs Aston Villa preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.
When is Wolves vs Aston Villa and what TV channel is it on?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Molineux Stadium
Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Kick-off: 2:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): Live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League – coverage begins at 1pm.
Last five meetings: Wolves vs Aston Villa
30 October 2019: Aston Villa 2-1 Wolves (League Cup)
10 March 2018: Aston Villa 4-1 Wolves (Championship)
14 October 2017: Wolves 2-0 Aston Villa (Championship)
14 January 2017: Wolves 1-0 Aston Villa (Championship)
15 October 2016: Aston Villa 0-0 Wolves (Championship)
Aggregate Score: Wolves (LLWWD) 5-6 Aston Villa (WWLLD)
Ones to watch
Wolves: Raul Jimenez
After a slightly slow start to the season, Jimenez is finally starting to rediscover the form that made him so critical to Wolves’ successful push for Europa League qualification.
The Mexican striker is perfectly designed for the Premier League and is currently one of the form players in the country; his battle with Tyrone Mings should make for mouthwatering viewing. This is Jimenez’s first taste of derby action in the league, so don’t be surprised to see him rise to the occasion (as he always seems to do).
Key stat: Jimenez has scored four goals in his last five games.
Aston Villa: Wesley
Wesley had enormous, Tammy Abraham-sized boots to fill at the start of the season but the Brazilian is doing a sterling job thus far.
Signed for £22 million in the summer, the target man has not shirked away from the responsibility of the number nine shirt at Villa. He has been prolific on the road this season, including a hat-trick at Norwich, and the absence of Willy Boly may mean that Wesley will fancy his chances against the physically inferior Wolves backline.
Key stat: Wesley has scored four goals in his last three away games.
Ryan Bennett is in contention after making his injury comeback off the bench on Thursday. Morgan Gibbs-White is a doubt with a back injury, whilst Willy Boly is a long-term absentee.
Confirmed XI: Patrício; Dendoncker, Coady, Saïss; Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny; Traoré, Jiménez, Jota.
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Jack Grealish is yet to fully recover from a calf injury. Guilbert has overcome a dead leg. This game comes too soon after Jota’s hernia operation for him to be involved.
Confirmed XI: Steer; Guilbert, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Nakamba, Douglas Luiz, McGinn; El Ghazi, Wesley, Trézéguet.
Wolves may have just played on Thursday but they’ve showed this season that midweek engagements do not affect them, despite having a thin squad. Villa were very impressive against Liverpool last time out and you can guarantee they will be right up for this game.
Scoreline prediction: Wolves 2-2 Aston Villa