Taking a massive stride towards securing their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Europa League, Wolves will now turn their attention back to Premier League duties when bitter rivals Aston Villa make the trip to Molineux on Sunday afternoon.
Desperate to break into the top half of the table, Nuno Espírito Santo’s men have lost just one of their last 10 matches across all competitions, a run that stems back to the 19th of September.
On the flip side, while Aston Villa might have suffered last gasp heartbreak against Liverpool last weekend, Sunday’s guests have started to gain a long list of admirers and are intent on extending their buffer over the drop zone.
You might also be interested to know that Wolves’ sole defeat since the middle of September came thanks to a 2-1 loss against their Midlands rivals in the EFL Cup last week and Dean Smith’s side have landed back-to-back victories against the Oranges.
A similar shock Villa victory can be found at 16/5 with Bet365 this weekend.
Wolves looking to right a wrong
Picking up a stunning late victory against Slovan Bratislava on Thursday night and putting one foot in the knockout stage of this year’s Europa League, there is no doubt that Head Coach Nuno Espírito Santo will be desperate for his side to now mount a charge for the top half of the Premier League standings.
With their goal difference keeping them outside of the top-10, you might be interested to know that each of Wolves’ last three top-tier matchups on the bounce have ended by a score of 1-1.
An identical scoreline is pencilled in at 6/1 with Ladbrokes this weekend.
Unsurprisingly, one man to watch out for on Sunday afternoon will be leading marksman, Raul Jiminez.
Bagging a last gasp winner at Molineux on Thursday night, the Portuguese international now has four goals in his last five matches across all competitions and has also found the net in back-to-back matches on home soil.
You might be interested to know that the 28-year-old can be found at 6/5 with Coral to extend on his recent purple patch this weekend.
Villa look to bounce back
Despite leading for 87 minutes against Liverpool last weekend and coming within touching distance of ending the title contenders unbeaten start, Dean Smith’s men could only slump to a 2-1 defeat, even if they did gain plenty of plaudits in defeat.
Handed unenviable back-to-back fixtures against both Liverpool and City, the former Brentford boss is calling on his side to find a similar level they set last month.
Holding just a three-point buffer over the drop zone despite arguably enjoying their brightest run of performances so far this season, it will undoubtedly be their recent displays in the final third most impressing fans around Villa Park.
Bagging eight goals in their last three matches on the road, including putting five past fellow returners Norwich in East Anglia last month, you might be interested to know that Sunday’s guests can be found at 1/2 with Paddy Power to breach Wolves’ defence at some point within 90 minutes.
Elsewhere, after training on Thursday and appearing to recover from a minor calf injury picked up against Manchester City, Jack Grealish could be handed a return for the Midlands derby.