Aston Villa v Wolves preview

Team news for Saturday afternoon's Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Wolves at Villa Park.

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Kightly: Could make rare Wolves appearance

Kightly: Could make rare Wolves appearance

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has to solve a defensive crisis because of injuries and suspension ahead of the derby visit of Wolves.

Richard Dunne (shoulder), James Collins and Luke Young (both calf) plus Ciaran Clark, banned for two games for incurring 10 bookings, are all unavailable.

It leaves Houllier with only three first choice defenders in Carlos Cuellar - fit after a hamstring injury - Nathan Baker and on-loan Kyle Walker.

He is declining to name the replacements but Chris Herd and midfielder Fabian Delph, who has deputised before at left-back, are amongst the candidates.

Villa are striving to win back to back home league games for the first time since Houllier took charge.

Wolves winger Michael Kightly could make his first appearance since November 2009 in the derby clash with Villa.

The 25-year-old has struggled with knee problems for the past 15 and a half months but is back in the 18-man squad for the short trip to Villa Park.

Defender Michael Mancienne is also back in contention after more than three months out with a knee injury while Adlene Guedioura could return from a broken leg suffered against Villa in September.

Wolves will definitely be without Stephen Hunt (calf), Dave Edwards and Ronald Zubar (both back).

Villa (from): Friedel, Marshall, Walker, Cuellar, Baker, Herd, Delph, Albrighton, Downing, Petrov, Makoun, Reo-Coker, Pires, Bradley, Ashley Young, Bent, Heskey, Agbonlahor.

Wolves (from): Hahnemann, Jarvis, Craddock, Jones, Ward, Fletcher, Ebanks-Blake, Stearman, Mujangi Bia, Vokes, Milijas, Elokobi, Hennessey, Batth, Doyle, Henry, Hammill, Ebanks-Blake, Foley, Kightly, Mancienne Guedioura.

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Premier League Fixtures

Wednesday, 16 April 2014
19:45
Everton v C Palace
Man City v Sunderland
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham  
15:00
A Villa v Southampton  
Cardiff v Stoke City  
Newcastle v Swansea  
West Ham v C Palace  
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland  
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool  
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 32 54 70
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 33 22 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 West Ham 34 -9 37
12 C Palace 33 -15 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 32 -25 25

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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