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Rupert Wyman 26th Aug 2011 - 14:04

N'Zogbia stars for Villa

McLeish will be particularly relieved by his start as Aston Villa manager, he has secured a win and draw and with his Blues background, he needed to hit the ground running.

He still has to win over his doubters but he has the squad and self-belief to make his time at the club a success. The visit of Wolverhampton will not be easy, the game is a derby and Wolves have gained maximum points this season.

However, the victories were over two of the weaker sides in the league, Blackburn and Fulham.  They may be sitting alongside Man City and United at the moment but it surely will not last too long!

The Villa win is 11/10, the draw is 11/5 and Wolves are 13/5 for the away win. Villa will be looking for Bent to lead the way, he has scored seven goals in his last ten Premier League matches. He has been superb since his move from Sunderland last season and he can grab the first goal in the match at 7/2.

Villa signed Shay Given from Manchester City in the summer and Bent has mentioned in the press, how difficult it is to get past the keeper in training. Villa have home advantage and they are 6/4 to keep a clean sheet.

He is one of the best keepers in the league and even at 35-years-old, he is capable of making some world class saves.

Wolves defeated Villa in March when they won 1-0 at Villa Park and if you fancy them to continue their strong start to the season, they are 13/8 to win at Villa Park draw-no-bet.

Wolves could once again cause an upset and only one of the six Premier league meetings between Villa and Wolves has ended a home win. In the double result market, Aston Villa/Draw looks a good price at 14/1. Villa can score early but McCarthy's team will not lie down and they can come back to grab a point.

Villa may have lost Ashley Young and Downing but they have made an astute signing in N'Zogbia from Wigan. He has had his critics and he was nicknamed Charles 'Insomnia' by his former manager Kinnear.

He struggled to settle at both Newcastle and Wigan but he is arguably the reason why Wigan are still playing Premier League football this season.  He is 7/1 to find the back of the net first and his trickery on the wing and long-shots are at times world-class when he is interested!

On the opposite wing or just in-front of N'Zogbia, they will line-up with a fitter and sharper than ever Agbonlahor. He is 15/8 to score anytime. He is an England international and after recent injury problems, he could shine for Villa this season.

Wolves main threat is Kevin Doyle, he scored his first goal of the season, in the 2-0 win against Fulham last Sunday and he is 8/1 to score last. It's 31-years since Wolves won three away top-flight games in a row, he will be major player if they are to emulate that feat.




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