As It Happened: Aston Villa 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa and Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at Molineux on December 12, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)


20:337 months ago

That's all for now!!

Thanks for joining me for this live text commentary of Aston Villa vs Wolverhampton Wanderers.

I've been Ed Hague-Saunders, and I'll see you next time!

20:297 months ago

Full time thoughts...

It finishes goalless at Villa Park as neither side could convert their chances.

Saiss had the best chance of the match, as he scooped the ball over the bar from less than 5 yards out. Definitely a contender for miss of the season.

Martinez made a brilliant save to deny Coady from close range also, earning a point for his side.

At the other end, Watkins and Konza struck the woodwork with shots that could have won Villa the game.

Neither side really deserved to win the game, but Wolves will feel hard done by as they, once again haven't taken their chances when they were on top.

20:267 months ago

Full Time: Aston Villa 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Full time at Villa Park, it ends 0-0. 
20:267 months ago

90+4' - Neves just can't reach the header.

Traore does well to get his cross into the box, and Matt Targett takes it off his head. Good defending.
20:247 months ago

90+2' - Konza should score!!

Patricio makes a very good save low down from Watkins, but it rebounds to Konza inside the box who sends his shot wide. Should have scored.
20:217 months ago

90' - Villa corner.

Aston Villa have a corner and are sending the majority of their danger men into the Wolves box. Mings has gone down, due to an injury to his leg.
20:187 months ago

86' - Saved by Martinez.

Neto takes in fact and whips it across the face of goal, but Martinez comes out and claims it.
20:187 months ago

86' - Fabio Silva fouled in a good area.

Fabio Silva who was making a break down the right hand side has his shirt pulled and Wolves have a free kick in a very good area.

Moutinho to take.

20:147 months ago

82' - Aston Villa Change.

Another change for Villa.

ON: Jacob Ramsey

OFF: Bertrand Traore

20:097 months ago

77' - Substitutions...

Aston Villa

ON: Keinan Davis

OFF: Mahmoud Trezeguet


ON: Fabio Silva

OFF: Willian José

20:087 months ago

76' - Brilliant Martinez save.

Martinez makes a brilliant save after Coady turns on the ball in the box and flicks it goalwards.

Brilliant save, Wolves should have scored again.

20:037 months ago

72' - Half a chance for Villa.

Barkley crosses in the corner to the front post, but it is headed over by Elmohamady!
19:597 months ago

68' - Free Kick way over the bar.

Neves takes the free kick and gets it all wrong, as he balloons it over the bar.
19:597 months ago

67' - Willian José wins a free kick!

Martinez collects the ball and rolls it out into a danger area, which is won back by Wolves. Willian José does some dancing and gets caught, winning the free kick.
19:567 months ago

64' - All Wolves so far this second half!

It has been all Wolverhampton Wanderers so far in this second half. All the action is being played in the Villa half and the visitors look threatening.
19:527 months ago

60' - Nothing comes of it.

Moutinho's cross is cleared away by Mings and nothing comes from the second phase.

Poor from Wolves.

19:517 months ago

59' - Wolves free kick just outside the box.

Wolves have a free kick just outside the box. Huge chance for Wolves to take the lead.
19:497 months ago

56' - Saiss misses an open goal!!

Romain Saiss misses an open goal from 5 yards out!!

Dendonker's header hits the post and it falls to Saiss who literally just had to let it hit him, but he scoops under it and puts it over.

Contender for the worst miss of the season!

19:457 months ago

52' - Neves volley's over!!

Neto crosses the ball in but it is cleared by the Villa defence, and it drops to Neves on the edge, who fires over!!
19:437 months ago

Sums it up really!!

19:417 months ago

49' - Neto breaks brilliantly.

Villa have a corner and Wolves are able to clear the ball up the pitch to Neto who takes on Targett and gets his shot away on his right foot. Martinez saves and concedes a corner.
19:387 months ago

47' - Moutinho passes it straight out of play...

If we needed a summary of Wolves' performance so far, Joao Moutinho in acres of space has just passed the ball out of play.
19:367 months ago

45' - Second half underway

Aston Villa get us underway here for the second half at Villa Park. 

Let's hope we can see some more attacking play from Wolves in this half.

19:337 months ago

Both sides are back out onto the pitch.

Both Aston Villa and Wolves are back out on the pitch, and we are almost ready for the second half.
19:197 months ago

Half time thoughts...

Aston Villa have been the aggressors so far in this game, and have created the best chances so far, striking the bar twice.

Wolves can't seem to get any momentum going forward, which Nuno will address at half time for sure.

Hopefully we can see some better attacking play in the second half.

19:187 months ago

HALF TIME: Aston Villa 0-0 Wolves

The first half has ended and it has been a pretty poor game so far.

0-0 at the break.

19:177 months ago

43' - Wolves clearing their lines.

Wolves have resulted to hoofing the ball out of their area, which is something Wolves fans won't like to hear. That shows that something ain't right for Wolves so far today.
19:147 months ago

41' - Villa set piece...

Aston Villa take a free kick in a very good area, just outside the Wolves box, but it is headed away by Nelson Semedo.
19:137 months ago

5 minutes to go until half time!!

Only 5 minutes to go until half time here at Villa Park. 
19:077 months ago

33' - Nothing happening so far...

Both sides have had 3 attempts but we are still yet to see a shot on target. 

Hopefully we can see something in the second half, or in the remainder of the first.

19:017 months ago

27' - Coady almost gets on the end of a cross...

Moutinho takes a set piece and almost picks out an unmarked Conor Coady in the Villa penalty area. Turns out he was unmarked due to being offside so even if he got on the end of the cross, it wouldn't have counted.
18:587 months ago

24' - Wolves trying to find a space...

Wolves playing in the Villa half at the moment, moving it from side to side trying to pick a gap in the Villa defence, but they can't find a way through.
18:547 months ago

20' - Moutinho wastes the chance.

Wolves break forward quickly through Nelson Semedo and Pedro Neto, before finding Joao Moutinho on the edge of the box.

Moutinho tries to chip the ball through to Neto, but overhits it.

18:497 months ago

15' - Boly warming up already.

Willy Boly is out warming up already for Wolves. They are missing him a lot in this game.
18:477 months ago

14' - Villa hit the bar AGAIN!!

Konza has hit the bar from 5 yards out. A cross went all the way through to the back post, and a full stretch Konza lifts it onto the bar.
18:427 months ago

09' - Watkins has a huge chance.

Ollie Watkins breaks forward and is one on one against Coady, but decides to try and find a teammate instead of taking the shot on. Ball is cut out and danger is cleared.
18:407 months ago

07' - Wolves pressing high.

Wolves controlling the ball this time, and enjoying a spell in the Villa half. Evenly balanced but both slides a little sloppy on the ball.
18:367 months ago

03' - Watkins strikes the bar.

Ollie Watkins unleashes a strike from about 25 yards out, and he has rattled the bar. Patricio was beaten.
18:357 months ago

02' - Evenly balanced so far...

So evenly balanced so far here. Wolves had an attack at the start, but now Villa are controlling the ball with Wolves sitting deep...
18:317 months ago

00' - Kick off!!

We are underway here at Villa Park.

Wolves get us underway!!

18:287 months ago

The teams are coming out...

The teams are coming out onto the pitch and we are almost ready!!
18:197 months ago

Less than 15 minutes to go...

We are all set here for Aston Villa vs Wolves at Villa Park.

Such an exciting game that we have on our hands, I can't wait.

18:067 months ago

Nuno Espirito Santo on Willy Boly...

"Boly is fit enough for the bench, and is an option if we need him"

The frenchman doesn't start today for Wolves, but, as stated by the manager he is an option.

18:047 months ago

Saturday's aren't for some...

17:467 months ago

45 minutes until kick off.

Only 45 minutes to go until kick off here at Villa Park.
17:407 months ago

Wolves team news...

The team news for Wolves is that Willian José returns to the starting line up, in place of Ki-Jana Hoever. Despite being goalless, he has offered some sort of a platform for Wolves, enabling the wingers to get involved more.

Willy Boly is once again only fit enough to make the bench, which sees Dendonker keep his spot in the starting XI.

17:387 months ago

No Jack Grealish...

Jack Grealish, as expected, is out injured with shin splints. There were some rumours that he might have been fit for this fixture, but he didn't make it. 

Aston Villa look strong going forward, with Bertrand Traore and Ollie Watkins who could find some space and hurt the Wolves' back line.

17:317 months ago

Wolves' Starting XI!!

17:307 months ago

Aston Villa Starting XI!!

17:257 months ago

Team news coming shortly...

Team news is only 5 minutes away...

Jack Grealish is expected to still be out with an injury that has bugged him for some weeks, which will be a huge miss for Villa.

As for Wolves, Willy Boly is expected to be back fully fit and put back into the starting XI, which is a huge boost for the visitors.

This game should be great!!

17:197 months ago

The scene is set for today's game!!

17:187 months ago

The visitors have arrived...

17:177 months ago

Here we go!!

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20:057 months ago

How to watch...

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Stay tuned for more updates closer to kick off!

20:007 months ago

Both sides form coming into this game...

Both sides come into this game off the back of a mixed bag of results.

The home side, Aston Villa have picked up 7 points from their last 5 games, beating Arsenal and Leeds United whilst also suffering a shock defeat last time out to Sheffield United.

Wolves on the other hand come into this game without a win in the last two matches, but having gone unbeaten in the league since the 2nd February before that. Last time out they battled Manchester City at the Etihad, and lost 4-1.

Previous 5 Matches:

Aston Villa: WDLWL

Wolves: DWWDL

19:557 months ago

Kick-off time!

The kick-off is on Saturday 6 March, 5:30 BST. The match will be played at Villa Park, Birmingham.
19:507 months ago


Welcome to VAVEL UK's LIVE coverage of the 2020/21 Premier League match: Aston Villa vs Wolverhampton Wanderers!

My name is Ed Hague-Saunders and I'll be your host for this game.