Aston Villa host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park in what is likely going to be a fiercely contested west Midlands derby. Just a point separates the two sides, with Villa in 10th place and Wolves in 12th after seven rounds of fixtures.
While Wolves started the season in poor form, the past month has seen a drastic improvement from the side. Wins over Southampton and Newcastle have meant Wolves have really turned a corner of late.
Aston Villa have already pulled off a big result this season, beating Manchester United away from home. Despite losing to Tottenham Hotspur before the International break, the Villans will be confident of securing all three points this weekend.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
When is kick off? Saturday 16 October, 15:00 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Villa Park
TV channel/live stream? Final Score – BBC (UK), Soccer Saturday – Sky Sports (UK), fuboTV (US) Highlights? Sky Sports YouTube channel (UK – 17.15) Match of the Day (BBC – UK)
Referee? Michael Oliver
VAR? Jarred Gillett
Dean Smith will be without South American duo Emiliano Martínez and Douglas Luiz, as they return late from international duty with Argentina and Brazil, respectively.
Bertrand Traore suffered an injury over the international break and is now a doubt for the fixture. He joins Morgan Sanson and Leon Bailey in the bid to be fit enough come Saturday. The latter will be hoping to make his return from the injury sustained after his goalscoring exploits against Everton.
Wolves will again be without the trio of Yerson Mosquera, Pedro Neto, and Jonny, who are all out with long-term injuries.
Francisco Trincão recently contracted coronavirus, making him unavailable for selection. Bruno Large may opt to restore Adama Traore to the starting lineup in his absence.
Lage will be hoping to start Raul Jiménez up front, however – following his exploits for Mexico on Thursday – the striker may not be available for the full 90 minutes.
Aston Villa (4-4-2): Steer; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Bailey, McGinn, Ramsey, Buendia; Watkins, Ings.
Wolves (3-4-3): Sa; Kilman, Coady, Saïss; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Marçal; Adama, Jiménez, Hee-chan.
History would suggest Aston Villa have the edge heading into this one, winning 56 games against Saturday’s opposition, who have won just 41.
However, Wolves have enjoyed more success in the past two seasons, winning two of the last four Premier League meetings and drawing one.
The last time these two sides faced off, there were two red cards and a last-minute winner – a dramatic encounter to say the least. Hopefully we’ll get something similar this weekend.
With both teams likely to be missing key players, a tight game is to be expected. Both sides are solid at the back and both can be extremely efficient on the counter.
Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins will be looking to continue developing their partnership and the creativity of Buendia could be the difference between the two sides.
Nevertheless, Adama Traore has proved on multiple occasions to be a handful this season and is more than capable of causing problems alongside Jiménez and Hee-chan.
Prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Wolves