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The various scenarios that Santo must counter to down Aston Villa on Saturday

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In what is one of the most eagerly anticipated ties of the season, Wolverhampton Wanderers play host to local rivals Aston Villa this weekend, in what is set to be an epic encounter in the West Midlands on Saturday evening.

Two of the favourites for promotion before a ball was kicked, Wolves are living up to their tag as title candidates, and lie just a point behind leaders Cardiff following the opening eleven games of the new campaign.

Visitors Aston Villa have begun to gather real pace in recent weeks following a slow start to the season, and Steve Bruce’s men lie just four points behind Saturday’s opponents in seventh place, knowing that a win is likely to elevate them into the play off positions.

Both sides are desperate for promotion, with the hosts having spent big this summer to ensure they return to the Premier League following a long-term absence.

Boss Nuno Espirito Santo was brought in this summer and backed in the market, and is so far delivering on his promise to deliver top flight football to the Molineux side.

Villa will be a tough test for the Portuguese and his side, and these are just several of the scenarios the manager could be forced to overcome when his side take to the field on Saturday…

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