The hosts look to remain unbeaten under new boss Alex McLeish, whilst the visitors approach Saturday's clash having had their best start to a league season in 13 years
Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock
N'Zogbia, Petrov, Delph, Agbonlahor
Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward
Jarvis, Henry, O'Hara, Hunt
Promising young midfielder Fabian Delph is set to keep his place alongside captain Stilian Petrov in the centre of midfield ahead of talented young Scot Barry Bannan, while summer signing Shay Given will remain in goal despite persistent groin problems.
Mick McCarthy will see no reason to change a Wolves starting XI which has achieved the club’s best start to a league season for 13 years by taking maximum points from their first two matches.
Striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will not be in the match squad after injuring his knee ligaments during the club’s midweek League Cup win over Northampton Town. Sam Vokes, who also played and scored in that game, should replace his team-mate on the bench.
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- Aston Villa and Wolves are two of seven Premier League teams who remain unbeaten after their first two matches of the season.
- Wolves were the last team to beat Aston Villa at Villa Park, back in March. Villa are unbeaten in five matches at home since.
- Until that victory, Wolves hadn’t beaten Villa home or away for 31 years.
- By taking maximum points from their opening two matches, Wolves have achieved their best start to a league season for 13 years.
- Of all the top-half teams in the Premier League last season, only Sunderland scored fewer goals at home than Aston Villa.
- Only Stoke City and Newcastle United scored fewer goals than Wolves away from home in the Premier League last season.
- Aston Villa reserve keeper Andy Marshall spent 50 days on loan at Wolves between November 2003 and January 2004, making just one appearance in that time.
- Wolves’ midweek League Cup win over Northampton Town saw boss Mick McCarthy record his 100th victory since taking charge of the club in 2006.