Former Old Gold midfielder Dave Edwards reckons Wolves fans out-sing their Aston Villa counterparts at Villa Park.
The local rivals go head to head this weekend, with Bruno Lage’s men going into the game on the back of two victories.
Villa lost at Tottenham last time out but are one point and two places above their near-neighbours.
That won’t count for much at 3pm on Saturday – but what might is the support the teams get from the stands.
And Edwards, who played more than 300 times and won two promotions with Wolves, thinks the 3,000 could well be louder than the home fans.
Writing in his column with the Express & Star the 35-year-old claimed: “I know the West Brom game is the biggest one in the eyes of Wolves fans, but every time we play Villa home and away the atmosphere always has that little bit of extra noise to it.
“Especially when you go to Villa Park, it’s hostile, but you always find the Wolves fans are in excellent voice there. You can hear them out-singing the Villa fans and that makes it a great experience as a player.”
Edwards, who played at Villa Park twice, also thinks it will be in the visitors’ interests to ‘take the emotion out of the game’ because they have ‘more quality’.
He continued. “It might help that there’s a lot of lads from abroad. who don’t know as much about the rivalry and history.
“It might help that they can play as normal, and you’ll also have the British lads there that know how much it means to the fans and will try to get that across, while also not letting it overtake how they want to play the game.
“Villa have more British players and staff, so they’ll be trying to turn it more into a proper English derby day, so Wolves will have to weather that storm early on.
“But once it settles down, I think Wolves have far more quality going forward.”
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