Despite not playing a game since their 3-2 defeat to Bolton on March 5th, it’s been an interesting couple of weeks for Aston Villa, with Richard Dunne and James Collins both being fined two weeks wages for arguing with coaching staff on a team bonding exercise.
However, boss Gerard Houllier believes that is already in the past as his side look to live up to their billing as 4/5 favourites against Wolves this Saturday.
He said: “Richard Dunne and James Collins have been disciplined and this is all I will be saying on the matter. As far as we are concerned, this is the end of the matter.
“The club have dealt with the incident strongly and quickly, but now we move onto the main target which is the Wolverhampton game.”
He would do well to concentrate on matters on the pitch because, after a decent run of form, Villa are still very much in a relegation battle. Despite being 13th they are just two points ahead of West Ham and the drop zone.
Consecutive defeats against Man City (in the FA Cup) and Bolton in their previous two games – conceding three goals in both matches – won’t have done much for their confidence either.
While Villa are heading the wrong way, Wolves have been picking up some decent results to keep their chances of Premier League survival very much alive.
However, they’ve won just once on the road this season and Villa should come out on top in this clash – but it’ll be close. Villa won their first game this season 2-1 and the same result can be backed at a very tempting 7/1.
If you’re not feeling too adventurous though, the straight Villa win is still a very decent 4/5.
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