Aston Villa will welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Villa Park this afternoon as they look to pick up their first win since football restarted and their win in 8 Premier League games. Wolves are in some fine form and have an outside chance of qualifying for the Champions League although it does look highly unlikely.
We have this weird relationship with Wolves, the is it or isn’t it a derby. For me, I don’t regard it as a derby and never have done. That is not to say that others don’t. However, as someone who works in Wolverhampton, I would love to get a result today but it won’t be easy.
Nuno Santo has Wolves well-drilled and organised. They play a system that works very well for them and it’s very rarely Wolves will change their approach, regardless of the result. We all know the problems Villa have had with their system. I have said it before and I will say it again, I still don’t believe Dean Smith knows his best formation or starting XI for that matter.
Despite Villa’s current awful run of form, sides around them are struggling also which means we are still only 1 point away from safety. One of those sides will have to pull off a surprise result sooner or later, I am just hoping it can be Villa. Today would be a good day to do this but as I have touched upon already, we will need to be at our best, no mistakes and had a tad bit of luck go our way also!
Smith will have to make a decision on John McGinn. As you are well aware, the Scotland international has just returned from a long term injury and we need to be careful not to demand too much too soon.
Henri Lansbury and Danny Drinkwater are both available for selection and will be pushing for a start so could Smith make a change and rest McGinn?
Frederick Guilbert has been back in training for a week now so the right-back could also be pushing for a start.
Wolves have no fresh injury issues. Winger Pedro Neto will be hopeful of a start after impressing as a substitute in his previous two games.
It is so hard to predict what Dean Smith will opt for. Will he go with the defensive setup we witnessed against Chelsea or the more attacking approach we saw against Newcastle? Many fans are calling for us to return to a 5-3-2 formation, that failed to work before lockdown.
FANTASY FOOTBALL TIPS
This weeks tip has impressed me more than any other Villa player so far since the return of football, Douglas Luiz. The Brazilian looks stronger, fitter and quicker on the ball making him a stand out performer in each of our three games so far.
Luiz costs just £4.4M on Fantasy Football and has acquired 76 points to date, the third-highest in the team. He may not score or assist too many but he is good value for money if you are looking for a cheaper option in your side who quietly goes about picking up his points.
It would be so easy to pick Adama Traore who will once again want to impress against his former club but it would be crazy for me not to suggest Raul Jimenez. The striker has 15 goals so far this season and I fully expect him to build on that tally. At £8.6M he is a snip for a striker that has already picked up 164 points this season. Clearly I am not alone with this thinking either as he is in 36.2% of FPL squads.
Only five other players have more points than him so far this season.
It is so hard to see anything but a defeat here. I hate being negative but I can’t see how our team with our formations that get chopped and changed all the time can deal with arguably the most well-drilled side in the Premier League.
I will out on a limb and say we will get another draw.
Villa 1-1 Wolves
Details and Television
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham
Date: Saturday, 27th June 2020
Kick-off: 12.30 (UK Time)
Television: BT Sports