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Wolves unbeaten in 7 after sinking Aston Villa

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Wolves ran their Premier League unbeaten streak to seven with a 2-1 defeat of Aston Villa at the Molineux on Sunday.

Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez supplied the goals, a clean sheet spoiled by Trezeguet’s stoppage time tally.

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Wolves now sit eighth with 16 points, five more than 17th place Aston Villa.


Three things we learned

1. Wolves again ready to threaten the Top Six: A slow start to the season, rife with Europa League congestion, had Nuno Espirito Santo‘s Wolves wallowing in the Bottom Three. No more. Wolves’ only loss since September was a League Cup defeat against Villa, who fought hard but didn’t have the hosts’ level of class on Sunday. Look out (again) for Nuno’s men.

2. Stop us if you’ve read this one before: The old, worn-out maxim that “(Player X) only scores bangers” comes very close to being true when it comes to Ruben Neves. The 22-year-old hasn’t met a shot from distance he doesn’t love, but this one off the training ground was the right call at the right time. And the seeing-eye quality of it all…

3. El Tri’s target man keeps firing: Raul Jimenez’s finished off the scoring with his 13th goal in 22 matches across all competitions, many of them coming late in matches. The Mexican forward also has three assists, and he continues to deliver for Nuno Espirito Santo in tight affairs.

Man of the Match: Adama Traore — The recent Spain call-up was all over the field as usual, hitting the woodwork with a shot and grabbing an assist. Credited with an absurd nine successful dribbles, his development under Nuno has been nothing short of sensational.


Wolves had the first two corners of the match, and Villa was soon forced into a change when second choice keeper Jed Steer — filling in for injured Tom Heaton — suffered a leg injury and limped off the pitch.

He was replaced by Norwegian international Orjan Nyland, who arrived from Ingolstadt in 2018 and played 23 times in the Villa’s promotion campaign.

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Diogo Jota misread a 3v2 break, then headed to Nyland under pressure.

Then a short free kick routine set up Ruben Neves in his office, and he delivered with typical aplomb.

Jota‘s second half bid to make it 2-0 was well-saved by Nyland.

PL Friendly Roundup: Bojan makes Stoke return, Norwich City gets win in Germany

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The start of the 2015-16 Premier League season is just two weeks away as clubs continue to do some fine-tuning in preseason friendlies across the globe.

Stoke City may have lost 2-0 to Brentford FC, but the Potters got some great news as Bojan made his return to the pitch after knee surgery. The former Barcelona man had been in great form in his first season at Stoke City before suffering a torn ACL in January, ending his season prematurely. Bojan played the second half for Mark Hughes’ side, and will be a key man for the Potters as they look to improve on their ninth place finish in the Premier League last season.

Watford earned a 1-0 victory over Scottish side Dundee United as the Hornets prepare for their first season in the Premier League since 2007. Troy Deeney scored the match’s only goal, and Watford will be relying on their skipper to continue scoring all season long. Deeney has tallied at least 20 goals in each of the past three seasons for the Hornets.

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Fellow Premier League newcomers Norwich City took a 2-1 win against German side FC Augsburg, an excellent result for the Canaries. Augsburg finished fifth in the Bundesliga last season, earning qualification into the Europa League. After falling behind 1-0, Youssouf Mulumbu leveled for Norwich before an 89th minute strike from Lewis Grabban sealed the win.

Leicester City managed a 1-1 draw against Mansfield Town, a team that finished 21st on the table in England’s fourth-division. David Nugent scored for the Foxes just ten minutes in, but Mansfield leveled from the penalty spot before the half hour mark. New manager Claudio Ranieri wasn’t worried about the result as he is more focused on getting his players match-fit for the Premier League.

Aston Villa lost top scorer Christian Benteke to Liverpool, and without the big Belgian, Tim Sherwood’s side could have some major troubles finding the back of the net. Benteke’s absence was felt today as Villa drew with League One side Walsall FC 1-1. 20-year-old Callum Preston scored his first goal for Aston Villa after spending last season on loan at Preston North End, giving the Villans a lead 22 minutes in. But Walsall would draw level with a bit of luck right before the half, as Anthony Forde’s free kick took a deflection leaving goalkeeper Jed Steer helpless. One positive for Villa was the play of summer signing Idrissa Gueye, who seems to be fitting in nicely with his new club.

West Bromwich Albion got a big 4-1 win over Swindon Town, with James Morrison scoring twice in the Baggies first win after coming back from their American tour. Victor Anichebe also scored for West Brom as they led just 2-1 until the final five minutes, when Tony Pulis’ side scored two late goals to end the match with a 4-1 win.

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Swansea City drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest, with new signing Andre Ayew picking up the Swans’ only goal. Ayew came over from French side Marseille as Garry Monk continues to build his team after finishing 8th in the Premier League last season. Monk denied reports that striker Bafetimbi Gomis would leave after he was linked with a move to Dubai club Al Ahli, but Gomis did not feature in the friendly today.

West Ham was held to a scoreless draw with Charlton Athletic as Slaven Bilic prepares himself for his first season as a manager in the Premier League.

Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley: Ings ensures Clarets finish with a win

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Burnley beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Villa Park on Sunday, as the already relegated Clarets secured back-to-back away wins in the Premier League.

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The only goal of the game arrived early on as Danny Ings headed home to give Sean Dyche’s men their eighth victory of the season. Villa had a great chance for Gabriel Agbonlahor denied by Tom Heaton in the second half as Tim Sherwood’s side prepared for their FA Cup final at Wembley against Arsenal next week in awful fashion.

With the win, Burnley in 19th spot on 33 points and Villa finished just one place above the drop zone in 17th on 38 points.

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Burnley took the lead in the sixth minute as a looping ball into the box was headed across goal by Ashley Barnes and Inges flicked home a header into the top corner to give the Clarets a lead. 1-0.

The Clarets were getting stuck in and Fredrik Ulvestad was booked for a poor challenge on Jack Grealish as Villa struggled to get into the match. Barnes hobbled off in the first half but Burnley held onto their lead as the half time whistle blew.

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In the second half Christian Benteke played in Agbonlahor but he was denied by Heaton and the England goalkeeper also denied Charles N’Zogbia and Ashley Westwood as Villa couldn’t find an equalizer.

Burnley almost doubled their lead but young goalkeeper Jed Steer, who was making his first start in the Premier League on Sunday, denied George Boyd after Ings had cleverly played him in.

LINEUPS

Aston Villa: Steer, Baker, Vlaar, Bacuna (Hutton, 80′), Cleverley (Sinclair, 72′), Agbonlahor, Westwood, Delph, Benteke, N’Zogbia, Grealish

Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Shackell, Keane, Mee; Arfield, Jones, Ulvestad (Taylor, 65′), Boyd; Barnes (Vokes, 34′); Ings (Reid, 87′)

Goal: Ings (6′)

Watch Live: Aston Villa vs. Burnley (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Aston Villa welcome Burnley to Villa Park on Sunday (Watch Live, 10 a.m. ET on Esquire and online via Live Extra) as Tim Sherwood’s side look to go into the FA Cup final next weekend on a high.

Heading into their final Premier League game of the season, Villa are safe from relegation but Burnley is heading back to the Championship at the first-time of asking after a brave battle against the drop.

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In team news Villa make three changes as goalkeeper Jed Steer, defender Nathan Baker and striker Gabriel Agbonlahor come in after their 6-1 drubbing at Southampton last weekend. Burnley bring in Michael Keane and Fredrik Ulvestad.

LINEUPS

Aston Villa: Steer, Baker, Vlaar, Bacuna, Cleverley, Agbonlahor, Westwood, Delph, Benteke, N’Zogbia, Grealish. Subs: Guzan, Sinclair, Weimann, Hutton, Sanchez, Robinson, Green

Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Shackell, Keane, Mee; Arfield, Jones, Ulvestad, Boyd; Barnes; Ings. Subs: Gilks, Duff, Kightly, Taylor, Jutkiewicz, Vokes, Reid

Watch Live: Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion (Lineups and Discussion)

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Yesterday’s Merseyside Derby received all the hype ahead of the Premier League’s 23rd round, but for the fans that will pack Villa Park in Birmingham this evening, no fixture may be more anticipated than West Bromwich Albion’s trip to Aston Villa. At 2:45 p.m. ET, the two clubs will renew one of the premier rivalries in the West Midlands, with their season’s second derby available to steam via NBC Sports Live Extra.

Last time out in league, Aston Villa gave one of the best performances of what’s been an inconsistent season. The same spark they showed to open the campaign with an upset at the Emirates was evident at Anfield, where they took a 2-0 lead on Liverpool. Though the Reds fought back, the 2-2 result gave Villa (or, at least their fans) new hope. The often uninspired play that’s evolved from Paul Lambert’s willingness to cede his opponents that ball was replaced by a potential to transcend another relegation battle.

Under new manager Pepe Mel, West Brom are hoping for the same. The Baggies currently sit in 15th, only four points above the drop. In their last six Premier League matches, the club’s claimed seven points, collecting four draws to go along with a win over Newcastle and a loss at Sunderland. Though management will be hoping for more as Mel settles into his job, that pace should be enough to avoid relegation.

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But that pace may be forgotten should the Baggies fail to put in a strong performance at Villa Park, with a poor showing against a rival underscoring the transition period management’s elected to endure.

The real pressure, however, will be on the home side. In the middle of a roller coaster season, a loss at home to their rivals would send Aston Villa into another dip, blunting the progress they made at Anfield.

Lineups

Aston Villa: Brad Guzan, Matthew Lawton, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Ryan Bertrand, Ashley Westwood, Karim El Ahmadi, Fabian Delph, Leandro Bacuna, Andreas Weimann, Chrstian Benteke

Subs: Jed Steer, Nathan Baker, Yacouba Sylla, Sami Helenius, Mark Albrighton, Grant Holt, Aleksandar Tonev

West Bromwich Albion: Ben Foster, Steven Reid, Diego Lugano, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell, James Morrison, Claudio Yacob, Youssouf Mulumbu, Nicolas Anelka, Victor Anichebe, Chris Brunt

Subs: Boaz Myhill, Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Graham Dorrans, Matej Vydra, Saido Berahino, Morgan Amalfitano