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Aston Villa vs Wolves: Derby draw looks the way to go

Kick-off: 1500, 16/10/2021

Stadium: Villa Park

Only a point separates Aston Villa and Wolves ahead of this West Midlands derby and the hosts are looking for a first home win against their local rivals since 2019.

Wolves have won their last two and things are finally coming together for Bruno Lage’s side, but Villa are unbeaten in front of their own fans this season and maximum points for the visitors looks a tough ask here.

Looking at the Aston Villa vs Wolves odds, we will side with the draw at 9/4 this time.

A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds

Following a shock 1-0 win away at Manchester United, Villa failed to build on that when visiting Tottenham last week.

Having entered the second half 1-0 down, Ollie Watkins restored parity with his first goal of the season, but things only remained level for four minutes as a Matt Targett own goal handed Spurs all three points.

However, Dean Smith will be delighted to see his side return to Villa Park, where they have picked up seven points out of nine.

Wins over Newcastle and Everton sandwiched a 1-1 draw with Brentford and an Ivan Toney strike is the only goal that has entered Emiliano Martinez’s net on home soil.

Baring Villa’s opening-weekend five-goal thriller with Watford, no game involving these two sides has seen more than three goals, so we’ll take a chance on under 2.5 landing here at 73/100 as one of our Aston Villa vs Wolves betting tips.

Last Villa line-up: Martinez, Cash, Targett, Konsa, Mings, Hause, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Ramsey, Watkins, Ings.

Leon Bailey (hamstring) is out and Bertrand Traore (thigh) will be assessed, while Keinan Davis and Morgan Sanson are back in training but are unlikely to be involved. Trezeguet (knee) is a long-term absentee.

A Look At Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Betting Odds

Following a worrying start to the season, there has been a change of fortune at Molineux recently, with Wolves winning three of their last four, including the last couple.

Crucially, they have taken maximum points off other teams in the bottom half (Newcastle, Southampton and Watford) and now find themselves away from the dreaded drop-zone and situated in a comfortable mid-table position.

New signing Hwang Hee-Chan hit a double to help secure the win against Newcastle last time and he now has three for the season, while Raul Jiminez provided both of the assists on that occasion to add to his goal against Southampton.

However, we are expecting far from a goal-fest this time.

It ended 0-0 the last time these two met at Villa Park and 15/2 for a repeat of that scoreline is our final Aston Villa vs Wolves prediction.

Last Wolves line-up: Jose Sa, Marcal, Coady, Semedo, Kilman, Neves, Saiss, Moutinho, Jimenez, Trincao, Hwang.

Francisco Trincao is out for Wolves as he continues to self-isolate after testing positive for coronavirus. Pedro Neto and Jonny (both knee) remain out along with Yerson Mosquera after he had surgery on a hamstring injury.

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Last result:

Tottenham 2-1 ASTON VILLA – Ollie Watkins

WOLVES 2-1 Newcastle – Hwang Hee-Chan (2)

Head-to-head: Aston Villa 0-0 Wolves, Wolves 0-1 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 0-1 Wolves, Wolves 2-1 Aston Villa

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