Wolverhampton under Julen Lopetegui are doing great at home games. He approaches the upcoming meeting with a series of 3 “dry” victories at Molineux. However, the self-confidence of the “wolves” disappears somewhere far away. They showed it again in the last match against Brighton (0:6). A serious defeat only showed the existing problems in the defense. On average per game under Lopetegui, Wolverhampton allow opponents to create 1.58 xg. At the same time, it does not have a spark attack (xg = 1.01).
Aston Villa, following the arrival of Unai Emery as head coach, underwent a transformation during which they boasted excellent results. In 21 games under the guidance of the Spanish, the tactician scored 42 points, which helped her move up from 17th to 7th place. However, as the club’s offensive potential grew, so did its defensive problems. On average, Villans allow the opponent to create 1.43 xg per match. In the previous round, Manchester United cleverly took advantage of this (0: 1), which broke Aston Villa’s 10-match unbeaten streak.
After such a defeat, Wolverhampton will try to play as credibly as possible in defense to prevent a repeat of the situation. I expect a closed match.