Aston Villa vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Preview: How to watch, Kick off time, Team News, Predicted Line-ups and players to watch
Anwar El Ghazi celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-1 via James Williamson- Getty Images

Aston Villa welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Villa Park on the Saturday night football. 

Villa come into this game following a disappointing 1-0 loss to relegation-threatened Sheffield United in mid-week. The Blades were even reduced to 10-men, but Villa could not find a way through. Villa are without a home win in the league for precisely one month going into this game, so they will be extra motivated to win this one. 

Wolves are also looking to bounce back from a 4-1 humbling at the hands of table-topping Manchester City. That was Wolves' first away loss in the league since mid-January, so an immediate bounce back across the Midlands is a possibility. 

Villa won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Molineux back in December. The winner came from the penalty spot from Anwar El Ghazi. The spot-kick also resulted in veteran midfielder Joao Moutinho being sent off. Wolves, though, did win this fixture last season by the same score line. 

Team News

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith said that captain Jack Grealish is looking pain-free, but he will not feature on Saturday. Matty Cash, Kortney Hause and Wesley are edging closer to full fitness but remain sidelined for the visit of Wolves. 

Willy Boly could return to the starting XI for Wolves after being on the bench for the Citizens game. Daniel Podence, Marcal and Raul Jimenez all remain injured. 

Predicted Line-ups

Aston Villa: Martinez, El Mohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Luiz, Traore, Barkley, El Ghazi, Watkins

Wolves: Patricio, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Semedo, Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Neto, Traore

Ones to Watch

Ollie Watkins is the main man for Aston Villa, especially in the absence of the charismatic captain Grealish. Watkins is the top scorer for the Villains with 10, four ahead of the next man and would be key to Villa getting the win here. His pace, power, positioning and natural finishing ability will make him a nuisance for the Wolves backline. 

Wolves have been quite disappointing compared to the heights they have hit in previous seasons, but one man has stood, and that is Pedro Neto. At only 20 years old, Neto has shown the maturity of a player at least five years his senior. He is a master dribbler and is superb at whipping balls into the box as well. Neto's set-piece play could be key to getting the win over Wolves' Midland rivals. 

Where to Watch

The game is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League. The game kicks off at 5:30 pm GMT

 

 

 

 

 

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