Wolverhampton Wanderers are looking to record a third straight win in the Premier League this weekend.

The international break is now over, and club football is back on the agenda and Wolves face Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday.

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Bruno Lage will no doubt have been hard at work on tactics and systems while most of his players have been away.

It’ll be a difficult game, with Villa having not yet lost at home this season.

They obviously have some big threats, like Danny Ings, Ollie Watkins and former Wolves transfer target Leon Bailey.

But Wolves have been looking decent lately.

The pretty football of the first few weeks has taken a bit of a back seat,and that seems to have coincided with Wolves picking up nine points from the last four games.

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It’s one that could easily go either way.

BBC Sport’s Mark Lawrenson believes it will be a tight game, but actually thinks Villa might shade the contest.

Predicting a 2-1 win for the hosts, he said: “Wolves had just started to pick up a little bit before the international break but I’ve been more impressed by Aston Villa so far.

These are the kind of games where, last season, I wouldn’t be quite sure what you’d get from Villa but I think they are a lot more reliable now.

“It will be tight, but home advantage will make the difference for Dean Smith’s side.”

Big effort from Wolves required

The home crowd could well be a boost for Villa.

But three of Wolves’ four victories across all competitions this season have come at away grounds.

And despite the struggles, Wolves were generally pretty good away from home last term too.

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If Wolves can keep things tight at the back, as they have generally managed in the past two matches, there will be a good chance of taking another three points.

And doing that in a Midlands derby would create a real feel-good factor.

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