The late kickoff from the Championship Saturday comes from the Black Country as Wolves take on Aston Villa at Molineux (KO 17:30)
Following Cardiff City’s defeat last night, the stage is set for one of these Midland clubs to put down a significant marker in the race for a Championship promotion place.
Two of the Championships form teams go head to head at the Molineux Stadium on Saturday teatime, as Wolves host Aston Villa in what’s set to be a feisty Midlands derby, and there’s definitely everything to play for.
The hosts are one point off leaders Cardiff and have lost just one of their last nine matches in all competitions. Manager Nuno Espírito Santo has enjoyed a dream start to his Wolves career and will be hoping to get one over fellow promotion and city rivals Villa, but it won’t be easy.
After a stuttering start to the new campaign and calls for Steve Bruce to be sacked Aston Villa have won four on the bounce lifting them to within a point of the playoffs and four behind Wolves. Victory on Saturday would be Villa’s fifth in a row, something they haven’t achieved since 1998.
Will the Villains rewrite history this weekend?
Wolves will welcome back Conor Coady for Saturday’s match, the midfielder was suspended for their victory over Burton last time out. Romain Saiss, Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota should all feature after going away on international duty.
Villa will be without injured duo Andre Green and Jack Grealish, but could welcome back Mile Jedinak, Keinan Davis and Henri Lansbury.
Brazilian Leo Bonatini has been in excellent form since joining Wolves with four goals and four assists already to his name. Fancy him to bag another on Saturday? He’s 7/4 to score anytime. Villa’s Albert Adomah has also scored 4 league goals so far this season. At 11/1 he looks excellent value to open the scoring.
This is a game that neither side will want to lose for obvious reasons.
So I’ll be backing BTTS draw at 7/2 which looks a pretty decent shout at Bet365. Both sides have been in excellent form of late, each scoring goals and keeping it tight at the back so I expect a cagey, tight affair (I hope I’m wrong).
The bet will cover the 0-0 and also the 1-1 correct scorelines, both of which have a decent chance of coming in.
Elsewhere Garry Monk will hope to get back to winning ways as Middlesbrough travel to Barnsley, Leeds face Reading at Elland Road, Sunderland play QPR at the Stadium of Light, while Sheffield Utd take on Ipswich amongst others.
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