Aston Villa hunting for goals with this 4-2-4 predicted to face Wolves

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert (R) and Hull City manager Steve Bruce

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce looks set to unleash an attacking line-up for the Championship clash with Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Aston Villa will make the short trip along the M6 to face former boss Paul Lambert's Wolverhampton Wanderers - in what promises to be a competitive Saturday evening fixture at Molineux.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert (R) and Hull City manager Steve Bruce

Current Villa boss, Steve Bruce, faced Wolves in his first game in charge at Villa Park - a combative 1-1 draw between the sides back in October. At the time, Villa sat one point above the Championship relegation zone, eight places below Wolves.

However, heading into this reverse fixture it is Bruce's side who have the healthier divisional standing, having lost just three out of the 14 league games since the former Birmingham City boss took the Villa Park hot seat - finding themselves now four places, six points, above Lambert's Wolves.

Jonathan Kodjia (L) celebrates scoring the first goal for Aston Villa

Bruce is without top scorer Jonathan Kodjia, who is absent due to his participation at the African Cup of Nations. Having recently sold their second top scorer, Rudy Gestede, to Middlesbrough, Villa will be looking towards of one of their remaining front men to step up and provide the goals - at least until Kodjia's return. 

Consequently, Bruce looks set to name a forward-thinking line-up, including an attacking quartet of the historically Championship prolific Ross McCormack, the rejuvenating Gabriel Agbonlahor, free-spirit Jack Grealish and the more direct winger Albert Adomah, in what could well be an adventurous looking 4-2-4 shape.

Ross McCormack celebrates with Jack Grealish after he scores Aston Villa's first goal Behind Villa's predicted front four is likely to be the more defensively minded Mile Jedinak and the recently reinstated Aaron Tshibola in central midfield. If, as expected, Villa name the aforementioned six, then it will replicate Bruce's very first midfield and forward line-up - with the exception of Agbonlahor, who appears to have found favour after seemingly heading for the exit door under Bruce's predecessor, Roberto Di Matteo.

Aston Villa's James Chester

In defence, the only member of the back four from Bruce's first game in charge that is expected to start this weekend is central defender James Chester. Recently, Villa have found a sound level of consistency with their defensive set-up - mostly due to Chester's emerging pairing with Nathan Baker at the heart of the back four. Either side of the duo throughout Villa's climb up the table have been right back Alan Hutton and left back Jordan Amavi - both are expected to flank Chester and Baker against Wolves and play in front of newly acquired loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Here is the expected Villa line-up in full:

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