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Aston Villa vs Wolves: Predictions
Despite an extremely disappointing 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United last time out, Villa are still in with a decent shout of qualifying for Europe next season. Dean Smith’s men are ninth in the table, but sit just five and six points behind Chelsea and West Ham in fifth and fourth, respectively, with a game in hand on both. What’s more, they took a 1-0 victory away from Molineux the last time these two sides met in December, ending a two-game losing streak against Wolves in the league.
If that doesn’t drain the confidence out of Wolves supporters, perhaps their current form might. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men had a five-game Premier League unbeaten run soundly ended with a 4-1 thrashing at Manchester City in their last game but, on a wider scale, Wolves have won just three of their last 14 top-flight matches, while they also exited the FA Cup at the hands of Southampton last month. Espirito Santo’s side are 12th in the table and unlike Villa, they’ve played a game more than those above them and are highly unlikely to spring a late challenge on European qualification.
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Aston Villa vs Wolves: Match Stats
Aston Villa are looking to secure their first league double over Wolves since the 2003-04 campaign, following their 1-0 win at Molineux back in December.
The last two meetings between Villa and Wolves have ended in a 1-0 scoreline.
Aston Villa have the highest win rate in Premier League games played on Saturdays this season (75% – 6/8), while Wolves (5 games) are one of two sides yet to win on Saturday in the top-flight so far this term (along with Sheffield United).
In their last game against Man City, Wolves defender Conor Coady scored with his first-ever Premier League shot on target, in what was his 103rd appearance in the competition. It’s the longest an outfield player has waited for their first shot on target in the Premier League since Paulo Ferreira (105 games between 2004 and 2010).
Anwar El Ghazi scored the winning goal the last time these two sides met, and also scored Villa’s last winning goal in the Premier League, against Leeds in February. The Dutchman has six goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season.
12 December 2020 – Wolves 0-1 Aston Villa – Premier League
27 June 2020 – Aston Villa 0-1 Wolves – Premier League
10 November 2019 – Wolves 2-1 Aston Villa – Premier League
30 October 2019 – Aston Villa 2-1 Wolves – League Cup
10 March 2018 – Aston Villa 4-1 Wolves – Championship
Despite losing both of their Premier League meetings with Wolves last season, Smith did manage to oversee a victory against Espirito Santo’s side, securing a 2-1 win over the club in the fourth round of the League Cup en route to the final, in which they lost 2-1 to Man City back in March. The Villains also struck the first blow in the Premier League in 2020/21, winning 1-0 at Molineux in December.