Steve Bruce takes charge of his first game in charge of Aston Villa in the live TV clash.
Aston Villa v Wolves - Saturday 17:30, Sky Sports 1
Wolves have shown an appetite for the big occasion more than once this season, with all four league wins to date arriving against opposition currently resting in the top eight. And a big crowd Villa Park might just be the ideal setting for Walter Zenga to rekindle whatever magic he conjured up for those remarkable victories at Birmingham and Newcastle.
The Italian is a fascinating character, charming and unpredictable in equal measure. And he’s evidently an emotional guy with a talent for stoking passion in his players, now and again creating a dynamic that enables them to play with freedom with other team maybe fear to tread. At both St Andrew’s and St James’s Park, Wanderers were thoroughly deserved winners.
A victory for the Old Gold would be a baptism of fire for Steve Bruce, in his attempts to banish his long-standing links across the city. But these two teams are barely separable in terms of shot data and Villa clearly have issues regarding their mentality, having thrown away countless leads and conceded a string of important late goals.
So value-based approach dictates that odds of 10/3 about the away win are deemed worthy of investment. Too much is being made of the Bruce effect and the clean slate it supposedly represents but it could just as easily go the other way. The 22/1 available on Wolves 2-0 is the correct score call for those who fancy something a little more exciting.