Aston Villa got the better of Wolves last season. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
The home side are ahead of Wolves by a point this season, with three wins, three losses and one draw, meanwhile the visitors have three wins and four defeats.
The international period came at the wrong time for Wolves, who were building up some form with two consecutive wins before their players jetted off to represent their countries.
Aston Villa meanwhile tasted defeat in their last match, losing 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur with the winner being attributed to a Matt Target own goal.
Last season, Villa defeated Wolves at Molineux with Anwar El Ghazi scoring a 94th minute penalty, which resulted in Joao Moutinho being sent off. In the reverse fixture played in March, the two cancelled each other out for a goalless draw.
What’s the latest team news for the Villains?
Villa could be boosted by the return of Leon Bailey, who has missed the last two matches due to injury. The winger has been recovering over the international break with a quad problem and could at least feature in the matchday squad.
Like a number of Premier League clubs, Aston Villa could be without some of their South American flair as a result of their late scheduling. Brazil take on Uruguay just after midnight in British time and Villa’s Douglas Luiz will be part of the travelling squad. The 23-year-old has been an unused substitute in the last two of their games which will come as a frustration, given his potential absence on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez is another player who Dean Smith will have to make a decision on. Martínez is Argentina’s number one and is likely to play against Peru at midnight. He like Luiz, will have to make the long journey back to Birmingham and will likely have no training session for Saturday’s game.
What’s the latest team news for Wolves?
There is a selection issue for Wolves and how they manage their star forward Raúl Jiménez. Jiménez played at midnight last night for Mexico, scoring a stoppage time penalty against El Salvado and will have been on an almost 5400-mile flight. The 30-year-old is likely to miss training today and will have just one days training on Friday, which could leave him fatigued. If he is to be involved, he could find himself on the bench instead as Lage blends him back into the fold.
Wolves winger Francisco Trincao returned a positive COVID and is undergoing a period of isolation in his native Portugal with it due to end on Sunday, a day after Saturday’s match.
Trincao is yet to get on the score sheet for Wolves this season but has put himself about in their attack and could be a big miss. It does however present the opportunity for Adama Traore to force himself back into Lage’s plans.
Before the international break, Yerson Mosquera sustained a hamstring injury that will see him sidelined for four to five months, he joins Jonny and Pedro Neto in the treatment room, as long-term casualties.
Is the match on TV?
Despite its derby status, the only way you will be able to watch this match live is to attend it in person.
There is radio commentary available however on local radio stations, meanwhile there will be coverage of the match here on BirminghamWorld.
How can I watch highlights?
You can catch highlights from this match and from around the league by watching Match of the Day at 22.30 BST on Saturday.
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