By Peter Lynch

4th May, 2023 | 8:16am

Alex Moreno and Leander Dendoncker to be axed - Aston Villa predicted XI v Wolves

Aston Villa will be keen to bounce back from their 1-0 loss to Manchester United on Sunday (30 April).

They have the chance to do that immediately against Wolves, with Unai Emery’s men travelling to Molineux on Saturday (6 May).

The loss represented a rare low point for the club amid a superb campaign, with Villa currently sitting seventh in the Premier League table.

An upturn in fortunes at rivals Liverpool has resulted in the Reds shooting back up the standings, but Villa can keep the pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s men with a win against Wolves, who sit 14th in the table.

We expect Emery to make two changes from the starting XI that narrowly lost out at Old Trafford.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is enjoying a superb campaign between the sticks, with the Argentine expected to keep his place for the Molineux meeting, having kept the scoreline at 1-0 against the Red Devils thanks to his hugely impressive five saves, as per SofaScore.

Ashley Young should also keep his place at right-back, with the veteran defender impressing with three tackles against his former club last time out, according to SofaScore.

The ever-reliable duo of Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings are expected to continue at centre-back, but Emery could swap out Alex Moreno for Lucas Digne at left-back.

The former looked jaded against Manchester United, with the latter representing a more than capable option to help keep things fresh at the back amid a busy schedule.

Another predicted change to the starting XI comes just ahead of the defence, with Leander Dendoncker potentially coming out for Bertrand Traore.

That switch happened in the second half against the Red Devils, but Dendoncker could be in for a rest from the start against his former club Wolves, with John McGinn brought back from attacking midfield to play alongside Douglas Luiz.

That leaves Traore, who won four of his five ground duels (80%) last time out, as per SofaScore, to start at right-wing, with the hugely talented Jacob Ramsey expected to continue at left-wing.

And Emiliano Buendia, who is enjoying a superb run of form, looks certain to continue between Traore and Ramsey, with the Argentine limited in his attacking game against Manchester United, but impressing defensively with three out of five duels won, according to SofaScore.

Up front, there is undoubtedly no better option than Ollie Watkins, who will be desperate to get back on the scoresheet after drawing a blank in his last three matches. Prior to that, he boasted a stunning 11 goals in 12 matches.

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