If Wolves beat Villa are they genuine Championship title contenders?

Leo Bonatini of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring the first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Bristol City at Molineux on September 12,...

Wolves host Aston Villa in a much anticipated Championship clash in the Midlands.

Leo Bonatini of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring the first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Bristol City at Molineux on September 12,...Leo Bonatini of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring the first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against Bristol City.

The Championship returns this weekend after the international break and one of the biggest fixtures is a Midlands derby that sees Wolverhampton Wanderers host Aston Villa.

These two teams were both tipped for big things this season and Wolves have lived up to that and after 11 games are currently second, while after a shaky start Villa have discovered their own good form and are up to seventh following four straight wins.

Robert Snodgrass of Aston Villa celebrates scoring his team's 3rd goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Aston Villa at Pirelli Stadium on September 26, 2017...Robert Snodgrass of Aston Villa celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against Burton Albion.

However, there are still some who are yet to be truly convinced that Nuno Espirito Santo's side are genuine title contenders - but victory in this match could silence many of those doubters.

While Wanderers started the campaign well with triumphs over potentially strong opposition in Middlesbrough at home and then Derby County and Hull City away, when faced with teams from the current top six they have struggled.

Nuno Espirito Santo, the Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Bristol City at Molineux on September 12, 2017 in...Nuno Espirito Santo, the Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach.

Leaders Cardiff City beat them 2-1 at Molineux, while third-placed Sheffield United were 2-0 victors at Bramall Lane and fourth-placed Bristol City held them to a 3-3 draw at home.

Now they face a Villans outfit on the rise, buoyed by the confidence of commanding performances over the past few weeks, so if they can halt their rivals with three points and potentially move to the top as a result, it will lay down a serious marker for the rest of 2017/18.

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