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  • on 26.08.2011
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Aston Villa v Wolves – Match Preview

Saturday 27th Aug 2011, 12:05 pm KO, Villa Park (SS2)

Last season’s midlands derby had extra spice as both sides had the possibility of relegation hanging around their proverbial necks.

This season though, sees two teams that have made excellent starts to their respective Premier League campaigns, starting the weekend in fourth and third in the table. Indecently they have both played Fulham and Blackburn so far this season, with only Villa dropping points after picking up a draw at Craven Cottage.

Alex McLeish relieved some of the pressure coming from the Villa faithful after they claimed a 3-1 win last weekend, playing some exhilarating stuff on the way. They come into this game as 11/10 favourites (Bet365), whilst Wolves will be looking to maintain their 100% record and are 3/1 (Boylesports) to do just that at Villa Park.

Aston Villa v Wolves – Team News

Carlos Cueller (knee) is the only confirmed absentee for McLeish’s side, whilst Young, Agbonlahor and Heskey should all start after being substituted as a precautionary measure last time out.

Shay Given is still carrying a groin strain, but is expected to play once again so expect James Collins to remain on goal-kick duty for the foreseeable future.

Mick McCarthy is likely to also name an unchanged side after seeing his side pick up maximum points from their opening two games.

Ebanks-Blake was substituted in midweek after netting a brace (and subsequentkly getting a knock) and is expected to start on the bench. Besides that Wolves are largely injury free with Adlene Guedioura and David Edwards the only long-term absentees.

Wolves have been impressing in front of goal thus far and clearly look a much stronger side when Kevin Doyle leads the line. The manager will be keen to keep him fit whilst he will also be looking towards Matt Jarvis to continue his excellent start to the season.

Probable Line-ups

Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Given| Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock| Delph, Petrov | N’Zogbia, Heskey, Agbonlahor | Bent.

Wolves (4-4-2): Hennessey| Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward| Hunt, Henry, O’Hara, Jarvis | Doyle, Fletcher.

Aston Villa v Wolves – Betting Tips

Looking at the stats it is hard to put a strong case forward for either side to take the victory and it may just be a case of both teams cancelling each other out. Both managers would be happy to keep their unbeaten runs going and although they won’t set out for a draw, that may well be how a low scoring game ends at what looks decent odds.

Midlands derbies are notoriously tight affairs and so we are going for Under 2.5 goals at odds of 19/20 (Bet365) and a draw (12/5 – William Hill).

More of this weekend’s Premier League Previews:
* Liverpool v Bolton Wanderers »

Aston Villa v Wolves – Match Stats

  • Villa have lost just one of their last nine home Premier League games, losing 1-0 to Wolves.
  • Wolves had the 2nd worst away record last season, picking up just 12 points on their travels.
  • Matt Jarvis scored against Aston Villa both home and away last season.
  • Darren Bent has scored seven goals in his last 10 Premier League matches.
  • In the last six Premier League meetings between these two sides, only one has finished with a home win.

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