Molineux hosts a clash of in-form Midlanders in Saturday’s teatime kick-off, as Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa both hope to strengthen their promotion credentials.
The home side are targeting their eighth league win of the season, but to get it, they must breach a Villa side unbeaten in eight.
Steve Bruce’s men face arguably their biggest test since that run began and are 13/5 (3.60) with dabblebet to overcome it with a fifth consecutive victory.
Although Nuno's side are in good form, the best value could be found elsewhere as his troops have taken just one point from three games against top 10 opposition whilst conceding seven goals.
The wing play of Albert Adomah, 16/5 (4.20) for his fifth goal in five, could be key for Villa, as might the dead ball proficiency of Conor Hourihane, 17/4 (5.25) for his sixth of the campaign. Villa’s attack has been bolstered by the return from injury of Jonathan Kodjia and the individualistic Ivorian is quoted at 2/1 (3.0) to bag a goal.
Their unbeaten streak continuing with a win or a draw is 7/10 (1.70) and they have the right tools to worry this Wolves defence; the Villans have scored 10 in their last four yet are 23/10 (3.30) to score over 1.5 goals - odds which imply a probability of 30.8% yet that eventuality, or Wolves conceding two or more, has happened in 36.4% of games involving either side this term.
Wolves pose a threat themselves, chiefly through Diogo Jota, who hit five in six September starts and is 13/8 (2.63) to strike again, whilst Bright Enobakhare is priced at 2/1 (3.0) and second-top scorer Brazilian Leo Bonatini is offered at 9/2 (5.50) to net the final goal, as he did at Burton last time out.
Backing a high-scoring encounter could pay off as 55% of the games involving either side have seen over 2.5 goals, yet the 11/10 (2.10) on offer for a repeat suggests a probability of 45%.
Both over 2.5 goals and a Villa win can be backed at 11/2 (6.50), when three of the away side’s five victories have seen three or more goals.