Named - Exclusive: Hutton reveals the Wolves weakest link Aston Villa will exploit
Alan Hutton has tipped Aston Villa to exploit Wolves’ defensive weaknesses ahead of Saturday’s derby clash.
The former Villa and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggested Nuno Espirito Santo’s men were still adapting to a change of formation and that Dean Smith’s stars could take advantage at Molineux.
Wolves, who have played with three centre-backs for much of the season, have utilised a back four in recent weeks with two of Conor Coady, Willy Boly or Max Kilman flanked by two full-backs.
Nuno’s men came unstuck against Liverpool on Sunday evening as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds managed to romp home to a 4-0 win at Anfield.
Hutton believes that the Wolves defence are still trying to adapt to their new system of playing and suggested Villa would look to pounce on any uncertainty at the back.
Asked where he thought the Villans could hurt Wolves, Hutton told Football Insider: “Look, Wolves have started changing their formation.
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“They obviously started with the three at the back and they’ve moved to a four so they looked like they struggled with it the other night, Wolves, they made a few mistakes.
Yes, they were playing a top-quality team in Liverpool but I still there were areas at the back to exploit, I think that’s what they’ll (Villa) be looking to do.”
Wolves have played with a four-man defence in their last four Premier League fixtures, with one win, two draws and one defeat under their belts.
Villa meanwhile will have had to wait 12 days between games when they visit Molineux after their clash against Newcastle United was postponed.
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