Aston Villa will make the short trip up the M6 today to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers. It will be so much different to the side that beat Wolves comfortably a few weeks ago in the Carabao Cup.
Villa now have a run of games that they will believe they can pick up some points. If we can look to avoid defeats on the road and pick up maximum points at Villa Park it should put us in good stead.
You could say that Villa have been unlucky to not have more points on the board but we must move past this. The honeymoon period is over. We have been extremely unlucky where VAR is concerned but it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon so we need to deal with it best we can. Equally the individual errors must stop.
Despite a poor start to the season, Wolves are well into their stride now. If you take away the defeat to Villa in the Carabao Cup, Wolves have not lost in 10 games in all competitions. That includes an impressive 2-0 victory over Manchester City. Today’s game will not be easy for Dean Smith’s men but Wolves are beatable.
Jack Grealish and Jota have both returned to training but neither are expected to take part in the game at Wolves. Grealish picked up a calf injury at the defeat to Man City but for some reason, our talisman’s injuries seem to take longer than others to recover.
Villa will also take a look at Frederick Guilbert who picked up a dead leg against Liverpool. James Chester could find himself on the bench after playing 90 minutes for the u23 side this week.
There have also been unconfirmed reports over the last 24 hours that Tom Heaton has picked up a knock. If so, I would expect Jed Steer to replace the England number 1.
Wolves could hand a start to defender Ryan Bennett who came off the bench late on in the Europa League match on Thursday, after recovering from a groin injury.
Morgan Gibbs-White is expected to miss out with a back problem.