Live on Sky: Wolves vs Aston Villa preview
Watch Wolves vs Aston Villa live from 1pm on Friday on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 2pm. Match highlights available shortly after full-time on the Sky Sports website and app
Last Updated: 08/11/19 3:02pm
Team news, key stats and prediction ahead of Wolves vs Aston Villa in the Premier League.
Diogo Jota will return to the Wolves squad on Sunday. The forward missed the Europa League win against Slovan Bratislava through suspension and he is likely to start the match on Sunday.
Ryan Bennett (groin) is fit again but Morgan Gibbs-White remains a doubt with a back injury, while Willy Boly will not play again until next year after recently suffering a fractured leg.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is rated 50-50, according to boss Dean Smith. The attacking midfielder has been struggling with a heavy bleed on a calf that forced him out of the Carabao Cup win against Wolves, and the agonising late defeat at home to Liverpool last weekend.
Keinan Davis remains sidelined with a hamstring problem sustained during the Wolves game, while for fellow striker Jota the game comes too soon as he continues his recovery from a hernia operation.
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Wolves vs Aston Villa is live on Renault Super Sunday from 1pm; kick-off 2pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.
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- Wolves have won two of their last three league games against Aston Villa (all in the Championship), more than they had in their previous 15 against the Villans (W1 D5 L9).
- Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last nine top-flight away games against Wolves since a 1-3 loss in May 1978 (W6 D3). They're unbeaten in all four of their Premier League games at Molineux (W3 D1).
- Aston Villa beat Wolves in their League Cup meeting last month - they last beat them twice in the same season in the 2003-04 Premier League campaign.
- Only at Portman Road (5) and the City Ground (5) have Aston Villa played more Premier League games without defeat than they have at Molineux (4).
- Aston Villa have dropped 11 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season - more than any other side.
- Wolves' last three Premier League games have all ended 1-1 - the last team to draw four top-flight games 1-1 in a row were Spurs in April 2008.
- No side has conceded fewer first half goals in the Premier League than Aston Villa this season (3), while the Villans have conceded more second half goals than any other side (15).
- In a Premier League table based on first-half results coming into this round of matches, Aston Villa would have the joint-most points in the division (22), while Wolves would have the joint-fewest (7). In a table based on second-half results this season, only Leicester (25) would have more points than Wolves (23).
It is a very good Sunday and this is a great derby. Aston Villa are an open and expansive team. They played very well against Liverpool and should have got something from it.
They cannot see and adapt to closing the shop. A draw would have been a good result - Villa deserved something from it, but they always make mistakes.
I think the Wolves front two, especially when Diogo Jota gets going, will be too much. The movement and intelligence of Raul Jimenez makes him a great player, so I think they will edge it.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)