Fri, Mar 18, 10:13am by Kevin Pitstock
Just as with the Blackburn v Bolton game, we have another local derby that can have a big impact on who stays in the Premier League and who faces relegation. There seemed to be a real momentum about Aston Villa a month or so ago, but that’s halted and they are just two points above the relegation zone with the other sides round them starting to get some wins. Wolves find themselves still in the bottom three despite some encouraging results – and they still have a real shot at survival. It means plenty is at stake and there might be some nerves around.
ASTON VILLA PREVIEW
The build up to this one for Aston Villa has been dominated by some rather embarrassing off the field headlines, with two defenders Richard Dunne and James Collins disciplined by the club for an unspecified incident at a health spa when the idea was team bonding. Neither will play as they recover from injuries – draw your own conclusions as to what actually happened. Villa are coming off back-to-back defeats after an FA Cup exit and Manchester City where the team was changed, and a late loss at Bolton, where most of those players were brought back into the side. It also seems as if Ashley Young may be moving on. Despite these negative Villa have been difficult to beat at home, with just three defeats in 14 matches.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS PREVIEW
Wolves are showing encouraging signs as they set about staying in the Premier League in their second season since promotion. Their 4-0 thumping of Blackpool at Molineux was followed up by a had fought 3-3 draw with Spurs, where they again showed considerable heart by getting a late equaliser. They also hope to have winger Stephen Hunt back for the first time in six weeks – he’s a good performer at this level and his return would be welcomed. The problem to be considered when looking at the Wanderers here is their away form. They rank bottom by some distance, grabbing just 5 points away all season. Ironically, Villa are the side above them. They have shipped some bad late goals late on away, and the challenge is for them to keep a Villa side who do have lots of pace at bay.
ASTON VILLA v WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS PREDICTION
Villa look a little too strong at home here and should be able to regain some momentum with a 2-1 home win. But the beat we really like here is Darren Bent to score at any time at $1.92 with Centrebet against that sickly defence. He has 4 in his last 8 matches, so these odds seem good value against the weakest away side.
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