Wolves vs Aston Villa Preview & Betting Tips: WWFC The Value

Matheus CunhaAfter another successful European mission, Aston Villa are back in Premier League action today (2pm Sunday), as they travel to take on not-so-far-away rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers. Can the hosts build on that excellent win against the EPL leaders last time out? Or will the visitors continue their good form? Read on to find out with our preview and betting tips.

After a run of games without a win, the outlook at Molineux was starting to turn quite bleak, though the mood changed considerably last weekend, as Gary O’Neil’s men pulled off something of a shock win against Premier League leaders Manchester City. Having taken the lead, which they then clung to, it would have been somewhat easy for Wolves to fold when City equalised in the second half. Instead they dug deep, so much so that they quickly went back in front. After that defiant and uplifting performance, today’s hosts will now fancy themselves to kick on.

As for Aston Villa, well, they too have reason to approach this game feeling positive. Unai Emery’s men destroyed what was thought of as a very good Brighton team last weekend, scoring no fewer than six goals on their way to a dazzling win. They showed another side to their game by battling hard to earn a tight 1-0 win over a rigid Zrinjski team in the UEFA Europa Conference League on Thursday night. At some point, the demands of playing on the continent may tell, but so far, so good for the Villans, who will also be feeling confident ahead of today’s game.

Don’t dismiss Wolves at home

In fairness to the hosts, WWFC, the fixture list wasn’t too kind to them this time around, as their first three home games in the league were all against teams that finished in the top six last season, so they can be forgiven for only picking up three points from a possible nine. To be honest, going up against Brighton, Liverpool and Man City, you could easily have forgiven them for collecting no points. So the fact that they have got a win on the board is a real plus.

Moreover, O’Neil’s men have now taken on two top sides in quick succession at home and have performed with real credit. Sure, they lost to Liverpool eventually, but they took a first-half lead in the game and could easily have been two goals to the good at half-time, while they were very good against Manchester City. Don’t be surprised if after another few months, this is a team with a very positive home record. They certainly get solid fan-backing at Molineux, while with the likes of Hwang-hee Chan, Matheus Cunha, Jean-Ricner Bellegarde and the ever-present Pedro Neto, they have got plenty of exciting offensive players to call upon.

Bogey side for visitors AVFC?

Today’s visitors, AVFC, arrive at Molineux in strong form, while they are nicely poised to attack the top four. However, in recent times, they have struggled to get going in this fixture. When the teams last met, in May of this year, Wolves won by a goal to nil at this venue. That was their fifth consecutive match against Villa without tasting defeat. They have won three of those five, winning each of their last two home games against today’s opponents.

Hosts WWFC easy to support at the prices

In the betting with the main sports betting operators, the visitors are quite strong favourites. A quick glance at the league table might suggest that was right, but the hosts have more to offer here than the odds suggest and Aston Villa look too short at the current prices. After all, we saw how effective Wolves can be against seemingly better opposition last weekend, so they really should not be ruled out here.

It’s not just that O’Neil’s men beat Man City last weekend. Against Liverpool in their previous home game, they made plenty of headway and were in fact the better team for long spells.

The visitors have impressed in recent weeks, we cannot get away from that fact. There are a few blemishes on their away record, while we should not overlook the fact that the hosts have had longer to prepare for this fixture. The home team players will undoubtedly be fresher than some of the visiting players. After all, it is far from unknown that teams often suffer something of a continental hangover when playing in Thursday night competitions. Will that affect Villa here?

At the end of the day, we shouldn’t just assume that AVFC will get the job done here because they’ve enjoyed a better start to the season than their hosts in terms of points accumulation. I think that there’s definitely an aspect of that built into the early prices ahead of this one, so betting on the hosts to win, with the insurance that ‘Draw No Bet’ provides, offers some value.

Cunha can

Additionally, a bet on Matheus Cunha to score at any time is hard to resist here. The dynamic and direct Brazilian has turned in several impressive displays for Wolves at the start of this new campaign, while his numbers catch the eye too.

The forward-thinking number-ten type player has tended to pop up in a variety of attacking areas, either taking players on and shooting or creating openings for others in that final third. He has one goal and one assist to his name in the Premier League so far, while he is also averaging 0.32 expected goals, 1.95 shots and 0.17 expected assisted goals. This preview expects him to make a contribution at home today. So the betting tips for this WWFC vs AVFC preview are:

  • Wolves draw no net @ 6/4 with Bet365.
  • Matheus Cunha to score at any time @ 12/5 with BetVictor.