Alex McLeish has enjoyed exactly the start he wanted as Aston Villa manager, with his new team drawing 0-0 at Fulham before beating Blackburn 3-1 last weekend.
Victory over Wolves on Saturday would mean the Villans go into the international break with a fine seven-point haul from their trio of opening matches and the bookmakers make them strong favourites to claim victory. The best odds about a home win is 11/10 (Victor Chandler – £25 free bet) with Ladbrokes as short as 10/11.
There was plenty to like about Villa’s win against Rovers, although that might turn out to be their easiest game of the season, with Wolves having beaten the same opponents the week before. Indeed, Mick McCarthy’s team will also come into this game full of confidence after victories at Ewood Park and then at Molineux where they beat Fulham 2-0.
Wanderers won this fixture last season and can be backed at 14/5 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to do the same again, with a replica of that 1-0 win on offer at 11/1. Wolves have scored two goals in both opening fixtures and a 2-0 win in their favour is as big as 22/1, with the visiting supporters likely to get behind their team from the off.
Even so, containing Darren Bent won’t be an easy task this season and Coral offer 6/5 that the England international scores at any stage of the match, having opened his account by scoring his team’s third against Blackburn.
It is no surprise that a team managed by McLeish is already starting to look a great deal more stubborn in defence and bet365’s 13/5 about the home side winning to nil looks pretty tasty when you consider that Wolves were toothless on the road on more than one occasion last term. Even so, Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher have been working well so far and the draw can be backed at 12/5.