Aston Villa welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Villa Park on Saturday evening and Dean Smith may consider a couple of changes after Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United.
Emiliano Martinez won’t be one of them. He’s been consistent between the sticks and one of the best Premier League goalkeepers this season. Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings have been solid at centre-back, so their positions aren’t going to be under threat either.
Ahmed Elmohamady has put in more bad performances than good since he replaced the injured Matty Cash, but Smith isn’t likely to drop Kaine Hesler in the deep end. Matt Targett has shone at left-back, so much that he’s being tipped for an England call-up, so his place isn’t at threat.
Marvelous Nakamba underperformed in midfield against United and might be replaced by Douglas Luiz – a player with more composure in possession. He could start alongside John McGinn, as Smith has been reticent to start Morgan Sanson.
Bertrand Traore has had a hand in eight goals from 16 Premier League starts this season (WhoScored), so he’s too important to leave out with Jack Grealish still injured.
Villa struggled to create chances on Wednesday and resorted to whipping in as many crosses as possible, so Ross Barkley might be brought back in for Jacob Ramsey as he looked sharp when introduced from the bench.
Anwar El Ghazi didn’t fare badly against the Blades either, so he should start against Wolves. He’s more of a goal threat than Trezeguet.
Ollie Watkins is without a goal in his last four league games and Keinan Davis was finally given minutes from the bench in midweek, but the former should start on Saturday.
Predicted XI v Wolves: Martinez; Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, McGinn; Traore, Barkley, El Ghazi; Watkins