A heavyweight all Premier League tie sees two midland rivals go toe to toe in a contest that may not be the highest on the overall priority list which could lead to a wide open, flowing game.
Both these midland clubs had difficult starts to the new Premier League campaign, but both have now started to get into top gear. That makes both teams to score a good way to go in this contest with popular sportsbooks as prior to the weekend’s League games, Villa had scored in five straight games in all competitions and Wolves had netted in seven straight games. Expect a lively Midlands derby with plenty of action at both ends.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
If anything, Wolves are more impressive on the road than they are at home and that will work in their favour against the Villans. Unbeaten in their last four road games boasting three straight wins against the likes of Besiktas, Manchester City, and in the Europa League against Slovan Bratislava, Wolves are one of the form sides in the country and will likely target this competition as a viable chance to lift some silverware. Villa meanwhile are back in the top flight after a two-year hiatus and there is nothing more important than Premier League survival. Back goals at both ends but Wolves to beat the Villans in the competition for the very first time as the best way to get value with online betting sites in the match result market.
WOLVES TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
One thing assured is that however entertaining the match will be, there will not be a big margin between the two at the final whistle. Villa’s last three home games has seen the Villans go unbeaten, but only score one goal more than their rivals on aggregate. Wolves have been impressive on the road but have still only managed to score six in their last four unbeaten away games. It will be close, but Wolves away form sways us to backing them by a single goal.
WINNING MARGIN WOLVES BY ONE
Head to Head
The pair last met in the 2017/18 Championship season (the season Wolves earned promotion). Both sides won on home soil with Wolves recording a 2-0 home win and Villa enjoying a 4-1 win at fortress Villa Park. However, 1996 was the last time the two sides collided in the EFL Cup with the Villans winning 1-0 in the quarter final – they also went on to win the competition that year beating Leeds United in the final.
Wolves to progress to the last eight
We are going against the grain somewhat here but there is plenty to suggest Wolves have enough in the tank. There away form is one of the main reasons as wins against Besiktas, Manchester City and Slovan Bratislava have all be impressive and clinical. Despite a slow start to the season, Nuno Espírito Santo is now getting the most out of Wolves side and will view this competition as a chance to win some silverware whereas Villa may prioritise League safety over anything else.
Darren Williamson is an experienced soccer writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European soccer, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
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