Aston Villa will welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon as they look to secure a positive result at home. The Villans suffered a hard-fought 2-1 defeat away at Tottenham Hotspur before the international break, so they will be eager to right the wrongs when they face-off versus Wolves this weekend.
Dean Smith will probably opt for a 4-4-2 formation and is expected to make a couple of tweaks to his starting XI for this game. Both Bertrand Traore and Anwar El Ghazi could play from the start as Kortney Hause and Douglas Luiz has to settle for a spot on the bench.
4-4-2 Aston Villa Predicted Lineup To Face Wolves
Emiliano Martinez will operate in goal for the Villans after he shipped in two goals against Spurs in his last league start. Ezri Konsa will resume his defensive partnership with Tyrone Mings at the heart of Smith’s defence as they try to keep a clean sheet in front of their home fans.
Matty Cash will function at right-back while Matt Targett fills in on the other side as the left-back. Both of them will be given the freedom to express themselves in the opposition half so that they can offer enough support to Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins up top.
As mentioned earlier, Kortney Hause will offer cover for the centre-back positions on the bench.
Jacob Ramsey will feature along with John McGinn at the centre of the park. Their main focus would be to dictate play well in midfield and engineer some decent openings for their teammates in the final third.
Anwar El Ghazi will hope to give a good account of himself down the left flank while Bertrand Traore looks to put his pace to good use from the right. The West Midlands club will be sweating on the fitness of Leon Bailey who is unlikely to be risked from the start versus Wolves as he continues to recover from a muscle injury.
Marvelous Nakamba, Douglas Luiz and Emiliano Buendia will all have to be content with a place on the bench as they await their opportunity to shine in the second 45 minutes if required.
Ollie Watkins will lead the line alongside Danny Ings in the attacking end of the pitch. Both Aston Villa strikers will be hungry to make a difference by getting their names on the scoresheet this weekend. Watkins managed to find the back of the net against Spurs, so we can expect him to be eager to prove his worth once again in front of the opponent’s goal.