A light Premier League schedule will take a backseat to the FA Cup competition in England, but there is still one intriguing match to focus on.
With the early kick off, we’ll see Wolverhampton try to continue their impressive run as they do battle with Aston Villa, desperately seeking to remain in the top flight in their first year back.
The Wolves have had everything go their way this campaign. Their quick-strike offense has been quite the revelation in the EPL, and Villa will be well-aware that their defense will need to tighten before Saturday morning.
With the season winding down, points remain as crucial as ever. It certainly isn’t a good sign that Aston Villa remain winless across their last 8 contests, as this is a group that now needs wins to survive the relegation drop. For Wolves, expect a ruthless outing from them – as they too need victories for the Champions League. That desperation should produce an exciting clash on Saturday. Keep reading beneath the odds for a game breakdown and betting preview.
Wolves vs. Aston Villa Betting Odds:
Aston Villa (+330)
Over 2.5 (+120)
Under 2.5 (-140)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Wolves vs. Aston Villa Pick:
With time running out on Aston Villa, it is very much now or never for them to seize their opportunity to stay up. They secured a late point midweek vs. Newcastle which was a nice start, though Wolves will surely be a different animal altogether.
It has been nearly a full five months since they secured a Premier League victory, and it will be interesting to see what changes manager Dean Smith has in store. Recently, he moved key striker and finisher Jack Grealish back to midfield – though many wonder if that leaves them too thin up front?
Beyond that, look for Villa to perhaps get Danny Drinkwater back into the lineup, but not much else is expected. Villa have struggled all over the pitch, and their defense might just not be quick enough or good enough to keep pace with a pretty pacy Wolves’ attack. In a game where they need to secure victories, taking chances forward could definitely cost them on the other end.
Wolves enter this clash with a fully fit lineup so don’t expect many changes at all from their group. Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez will again lead the line, and their unique blend of physicality and speed will be tough to handle for Villa when they don’t have the ball. Jimenez recently set the Wolves’ single-season scoring record, and will be keen to add to his tally on the weekend.
Wolverhampton are really just a class above, and though motivation is paramount at this stretch of the season, the Wolves are really pushing for a coveted European position. Villa are a proud club with a deep history, but they do seem all but certain to go down given their recent form. They’ve proven they cannot defend well enough, and won’t be able to catch up in an offensive shootout either. Expect Wolverhampton to control the bulk of possession, and secure a comfortable victory on Saturday.
Pick: Wolves 2-1