The first West Midlands derby of the season will take place at Villa Park as Aston Villa play host to Wolverhampton Wanderers in round eight of the English Premier League. Aston Villa is tenth in the table with ten points, and their opponents are two places behind them with nine points.

Premier League Preview: Aston Villa vs Wolves

Aston Villa have scored ten goals in the campaign with an expected goal rate of 8.82. The team has relied a lot upon crosses and 124 crosses have been attempted so far. The above viz shows the pass type, pass ending location and the outcome of the pass. These are the stats from their match against Spurs and Villa attempted 20 crosses in that match. The team plays with two wing-backs in a three-at-the-back formation. This is the reason why the highest cross providers in the match are full-backs.

Premier League Preview: Aston Villa vs Wolves

Villa have a low match tempo when compared to the other teams ranked below them in the league. This may be due to factors like fewer shots, passes and few others. The team has attempted 75 shots and 24 of them were on target. They have attempted fewer passes than 15 other teams and are ranked low for the number of passes into the opposition third. The smart passes and through passes attempted are also less in number.

Danny Ings is the highest contributor with two goals and two assists to his name. There could be some changes in the starting 11 because Emi Martinez and Douglas Luiz would return late from their International duty. The manager will reveal their status in the press conference before the match.

Wolves started the season poorly but now have returned to winning ways after earning nine points out of the possible twelve. The team has scored five goals and all these goals were scored in the matches that were won. Premier League Preview: Aston Villa vs Wolves

Wolves have been one of the attacking teams with an xG rate of 10.16. This rate is better than their weekend opponents Aston Villa. The team is involved in 29 counterattacks along with 203 positional attacks. Wolves have been the highest dribbles of the ball and have completed the most number of dribbles in the Premier League this season.

Wolves have created a lot of chances and have better stats than most of the teams above them. The main area where they have lacked is scoring goals. The team has only two goal scorers in the form of Raul Jimenez who has scored one goal and new signing Hwang Hee-Chan who has scored three goals. In the recent matches, there is some improvement and the new partnership between the two goalscorers has proven to be crucial for Wolves.

Aston Villa and Wolves are yet to show their full potential this season. Both teams have won three matches each but lack consistency. This match could feature goals and a lot of attacking options. These two teams play in a three at the back formation and depend a lot on their full-backs while going forward. The contest could be an exciting one from the neutrals point of view.