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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Aston Villa


Click here for live text coverage on Saturday 14:00-20:00 BSTWolves have defender Conor Coady available again after suspension for the local derby at home to Aston Villa.Coady missed Wolves’ 4-0 win at Burton prior to the international break, after being sent off at former club Sheffield United in the previous game.Seventh-placed Villa are without Andre Green (hamstring) and Jack Grealish (damaged kidney) for the meeting with second-placed Wolves at Molineux.

Late checks will be made on Mile Jedinak (groin) and Keinan Davis (hip).Henri Lansbury (knee) could also be available to Villa boss Steve Bruce, who marks the end of his first year in charge.But Wales international Neil Taylor remains banned, Villa having failed in their appeal against his red card in the 1-0 win over Bolton – their last game before the international break.SAM’s predictionHome win 48%Draw 28%Away win 24%SAM, the Sports Analytics Machine, is a super-computer built by @ProfIanMcHale of the University of Liverpool.Match factsSteve Bruce’s first game in charge of Villa was against Wolves a year ago – a 1-1 draw in a game of two penalties when Helder Costa cancelled out Jonathan Kodja’s 15th-minute strike.Wolves then won the return at Molineux in January, when Joe Mason got the only goal, once again in the 15th minute. It was their first home win against Villa since May 1978.This is the 107th league meeting between Wolves and Aston Villa but only the third time the two old rivals, both of them Football League founder members in 1888, have met in the second tier.Leo Bonatini, who has four goals and four assists to his name this season, is the only Championship player this season to have both scored and assisted four or more.Steve Bruce, who was very close to getting the Wolves job in 2012, has taken just one point from his most recent five league visits. His last victory at Molineux was in April 2007, when his Birmingham City side won 3-2.
Source: BBC Black Country