Full coverage of West Midlands derby December 12, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer

It’s the West Midlands derby this weekend as Wolves host Aston Villa on Saturday lunchtime.

Wolves were beaten 4-0 by Liverpool last time out and will want to hit back against their near-neighbours.

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Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves take on rivals Aston Villa this weekend

Villa, meanwhile, had the weekend off as their match with Newcastle was postponed due to COVID-19.

Villa have lost their last two and will also be looking for a positive result.

Wolves beat Villa in their last meeting in June, winning 1-0 thanks to Leander Dendoncker.

Villa have not beaten their rivals in the league since January 2012.

Wolves v Aston Villa: How to listen

This match will get under way at 12:30pm on Saturday, December 12.

Full coverage from Molineux will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 11am.

Reshmin Chowdhury will be your host before commentary from Clive Tyldesley and Alvin Martin.

To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.

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Wolves v Aston Villa: Team news

Wolves have no new injury issues to contend with ahead of the visit of Aston Villa.

Raul Jimenez has now left hospital after undergoing surgery on his fractured skull.

Jonny is also a long-term absentee with a knee injury.

Aston Villa midfielder Ross Barkley will miss out again as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.

Trezeguet is fit to play despite suffering a cut to his head last time out.

Bjorn Engels is ready to return following a long-term thigh injury.villa

Aston Villa have claimed some stunning results this season

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Aston Villa have claimed some stunning results this season

Wolves v Aston Villa: Match stats and facts

  • Wolves won both Premier League meetings with Aston Villa last season – they last won three league games in a row against the Villans between 1957 and 1960 (a run of seven).
  • After an 11-game unbeaten away run against Wolves in all competitions between 1978 and 2012 (W7 D4), Aston Villa have lost each of their last three visits to Molineux.
  • Wolves have conceded fewer home goals than any other side in the Premier League this season (5). Indeed, they’ve kept eight clean sheets in their last 12 Premier League games at Molineux.
  • Aston Villa have won three of their last four Premier League away games, though they did lose their last such match at West Ham (1-2). The Villans had won just three of their previous 40 on the road in the competition (D8 L29).
  • Following an unbeaten run of eight Premier League games, Aston Villa have now lost four of their last five in the competition (W1), conceding at least twice in each defeat.
  • Wolves have conceded 3+ goals in three of their 11 Premier League games so far this season, already more than they had in the whole of the 2019-20 campaign (2).
  • Aston Villa have scored in 12 of their last 13 Premier League games, netting 25 goals in total. They had failed to score in six of their last eight prior to this run, with their previous 25 league goals coming over a period of 27 games.
  • Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo has lost just two of his 16 home Premier League meetings with English managers (W9 D5), remaining unbeaten in his last nine such games since a 2-5 loss against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea last season.
  • Only Bruno Fernandes (35) and Kevin De Bruyne (28) have created more chances for their teammates this season than Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish (26). Meanwhile, among midfielders only Fernandes (11) has been involved in more goals than Grealish so far this term (10 – 5 goals, 5 assists).
  • Aston Villa’s Trézéguet has had more shots without scoring than any other player in the Premier League this season (22), while second on this list is Wolves’ Rúben Neves (17) – both players scored in this exact fixture last season.

Wolves take on Aston Villa today

Wolves take on Aston Villa today

Wolves v Aston Villa: What has been said?

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith admits Wolves’ recent success is a source of inspiration for his club.

“We have a proud history as a club but next year will be 25 years since we last won a major trophy,” said Smith, who guided Villa to the League Cup final last season.

“We went close against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup and unfortunately we cannot count the play-off trophy as a major trophy.

“Our job now is to try to benefit from the owners’ vision of the club, which is to go and compete for the highest honours.

“We want to try and mirror what Leicester City did in winning the title and Wolves getting into Europe. Those are our ambitions and our aims.

“What Wolves have done since getting promoted has been fantastic and something everyone can admire. We will try to aspire to what they have done over the last couple of seasons. The respect is there.”

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