With a spot in the quarter-finals of this year’s EFL Cup up for grabs along with Midlands bragging rights, Aston Villa will host bitter rivals Wolves on Wednesday night.
While the Clarets and Blues may have seen their four-match unbeaten come to an end away at defending Premier League champions Manchester City over the weekend, Dean Smith’s men have started to gain plenty of plaudits across the country.
Also enjoying their own four-match unbeaten run at Villa Park, Wednesday’s hosts are not the only side who are enjoying a recent resurge.
Battling from behind to snatch a point at St. James’ Park on Sunday, Wolves are in the midst of an eight-match unbeaten run both domestically and while on European duties.
You might be interested to know that when the two sides last met back in 2018, Villa came away with an empathic 4-1 victory on home soil and the hosts can be found at 13/10 with Bet365 to once again come out on top in midweek.
Villa on the rise?
Although they may have left the Etihad on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline over the weekend, Aston Villa managed to keep City at bay for the first 45 and Head Coach Dean Smith has plenty of positives to take away.
Dreaming of mounting a late Cup run and to sneak a top-half Premier League finish after making their return over the summer, a huge part of Villa’s recent resurge has come down to some free-scoring antics.
Including picking up a 5-1 win away at fellow returners Norwich earlier in the month, Wednesday’s hosts have bagged 15 goals in their last six matchups across all formats.
You might also be interested to know that during their four-match unbeaten run at Villa Park, they have recorded two or more strikes in three of those appearances.
Also bagging a brace against Arsenal last month, Smith’s men can be found at 5/4 with Coral to once again bag over 1.5 goals in midweek.
Wolves show their resolve
Although they may have been far from at their best on the road over the weekend, Wolves once again battled from behind to pick up a 1-1 draw at Newcastle and have continued to show some much-needed resolve.
Having to deal with both domestic and European duties after their famous seventh-place finish last season, Head Coach Nuno Espírito Santo finds his side enjoying an eight-match unbeaten run that stems all the way back to the 19th of September.
Showing some real improvements since opening the 2019/2020 campaign in sluggish form, a huge part of Wolves’ recent turnaround has come down to their performances on the road.
Landing an iconic 2-0 win away at Manchester City prior to the international break, they have also landed back-to-back Europa League victories on their travels, including wins over Beşiktaş and Slovan Bratislava last week.
Despite the mood around Molineux undoubtedly remaining at a high, Wolves have remarkably not picked up a victory away at Villa Park since 2011 and you might be interested to know that Santo’s men are pencilled in at 21/10 with Ladbrokes to end that barren run on Wednesday.