Predicted Aston Villa side to play Wolves: De Laet should start with Taylor suspended

A general view of the ground prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Cardiff City at Villa Park on November 26, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers go head-to-head this weekend.

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa reacts as Lee Johnson manger of Bristol City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Bristol City at Villa Park on...

Aston Villa head to Molineux on Saturday for their first Championship clash since the international break and Steve Bruce will know his team will have to be at their very best to maintain their impressive recent form.

Villa have shot up the table with a series of wins and find themselves just one point outside the play-off places with seven games played.

As for Wolves, they are second in the table, four points better off than Villa as things stand, and the distance between the two sides proves how close this season is going to be if everyone maintains their current form.

Villa's line-up has been picking itself in recent weeks but Neil Taylor's red card against Bolton Wanderers last month means Bruce will have to opt for an alternative left-back.

Ritchie De Laet of Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on September 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

That is easier said than done given Villa's lack of back-up in that area so expect Ritchie De Laet to cover despite being more natural on the opposite flank.

While Josh Onomah impressed for England's under-21s last week, it would be a surprise if Villa did not stick with the midfield that has served them so well in their last few outings.

With all that in mind here is how we expect Villa to line up against Wolves on Saturday:

Predicted Villa side to play Wolves

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