Pundits disagree on Aston Villa vs Wolves prediction as Lopetegui claim madeAston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers meet in the first West Midlands derby of the season on Wednesday night. Both teams have struggled to live up to expectations this season, but Villa have recently pulled clear of relegation following the appointment of Unai Emery. Emery has guided Villa to three wins from four Premier League games in charge, including a 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day. Wolves, meanwhile, are languishing in the bottom three after a dismal start to the season. Julen Lopetegui has given Wolves an injection of optimism with two wins from his first three matches, but they are desperately in need of points.
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READ: Unai Emery has three big Aston Villa decisions to make vs Wolves READ: Predicted Wolves line-up for Aston Villa clash as Matheus Cunha starts Wolves recorded a Premier League double over Villa last season and are boosted by the arrival of Matheus Cunha before their trip to Villa Park. But neither Chris Sutton or Mark Lawrenson believe Wolves will defeat Villa on Wednesday.
Sutton is backing Wolves to take a point, whereas Lawrenson believes Villa will edge their rivals 2-1. Both pundits are, however, predicting that Lopetegui will continue to improve Wolves’ fortunes. Chris Sutton (1-1) “We've already seen an improvement from Wolves under Julen Lopetegui, ” Sutton wrote in his BBC Sport column. “They lost to Manchester United last time out but they ran them very close and played with a bit of purpose, and I am expecting that to continue here. “I like what Unai Emery is doing with Aston Villa too and it will be interesting to see his approach here. They are also a well-drilled side, and this should be another close game. ” Mark Lawrenson (2-1) Lawrenson told Paddy Power: “Villa were really good against Spurs, with Unai Emery working his magic. He’s a good manager, and was unlucky to lose his job at Arsenal.