The derby of the West Midlands is opening the 32nd round of the English Premier League, and it promises a good fight. Aston Villa awaits Wolverhampton, in a match, they simply need to win, if they want to avoid the relegation. On the other side, the Wolves also have to post a triumph; otherwise, their Champions League race will be endangered. Right now Wolves are aligned with Manchester United at the fifth place, the last one which leads to the most popular club soccer competition in the world. Besides this preview, here are other games of the upcoming round, brought to you by my dear friend and colleague Kurt Boyer.
Aston Villa (+350) doesn’t have a win in wight straight matches, posting just two draws during that time. Both of them were after the restart, the first against Sheffield United 0-0 at home, and then on the road vs Newcastle, 1-1.
They would lead against Chelsea also, but lost the game in the end, 1-2. We could say that the Villains look much better following the pause. Their game is better, back line more cohesive, while the midfield does a pretty solid job. The only part of the team which still struggles is offense, but hopefully, that should start working also.
Wolves (-115) started the comeback with two straight wins, in which they haven’t allowed a single goal. But that is not odd for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, as they prefer to play defensive-minded soccer, with low-scoring outcomes.
Wolverhampton defeated West Ham on the road in the first match following the comeback, 0-2, and after that beat Bournemouth 1-0. Both of these teams are direct favorites to Aston Villa and the members of the relegation battle. The schedule is not easy for the guests, but they have to win all the time and hope that Manchester United slips once more somewhere along the road.
Villa has numerous problems with injuries. Engles, Heaton, and Wesley are all out because of injuries, while Drinkwater and Guilbert stand as doubtful. These guys are massive contributors, which is why hosts face a lot of troubles.
On the other side, everything is more than perfect for the Wolves, who don’t have a single-player absent or questionable for this event.
Head to Head Games
Villa is better when looking at the overall history of head-to-head clashes. They have 52 wins, while Wolves won 40 times. Matches in which there was no winner took place on 32 occasions.
These two sides already played twice this year, with one match coming in the Premiership and the other in the English Football League Cup.
The EPL match ended with 2-1 in favor of the Wolves, who were the hosts, while Cup game played at Villa Park finished with the same result, only for the hosts.
Expect a tough and harsh battle, without any glamour. These teams need to win, and there won’t be any overexposure, especially as we already know that even in different circumstances, both Villa and Wolves love to have a conservative approach. The moenyline for under 2.5 goals is at -120, and from our angle, this is the safest bet of this event.
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