Gabby Agbonlahor is the only worry for Martin O’Neill who might have to pair John Carew with Emile Heskey is his speed merchant is unavailable. Good luck to the Wolves defenders if that happens I tell you!
Despite a 2-1 win at Burnley, Wolves fans will not be heading to Birmingham full of confidence given their dismal away record so far this season. It was only their third on the road, with the previous one coming on December 12. Villa’s home form has been sensational and they still remain unbeaten at Villa Park in 2010. They have lost just two home games, one on the first day of the season to Wigan and the other to Liverpool in their last game of 2009.
It is a battle of the league’s best defence against the worst attack. Not looking good for Mick McCarthy’s men I’m afraid. All eyes, possibly including those of Fabio Capello will be on the Villa trio of James Milner, Ashley Young and Stewart Downing. Now that David Beckham is out of the World Cup, the door has been opened for another winger/midfielder. Villa have young English talent in abundance and all three will be hoping to impress as of this weekend.
It could be a very one sided affair. Wolves will no doubt pack the midfield and let Kevin Doyle chase down the balls over the top in the hope that one comes off. Villa are fast and full of energy and will surely push the Wolves defence to their limit. Having said that, Derby days are never easy to predict and can always throw up a surprise, unfortunately for Wolves, I don’t think this will be one of those days.
Score Prediction – Villa 4 Wolves 0