Aston Villa 4 Wolves 1: Tim Spiers and Nathan Judah analysis

Ryan Manning celebrates his goal

Ryan Manning celebrates his goal

Table-topping Wolves surprising slumped to a crushing 4-1 Championship away defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.

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The Second City club now occupy third in the Championship, just four points behind the automatic promotion spots. With one win from their past five matches and 10 games to play, the worry for Wolves is whether the wheels come off altogether. However, the Old Gold responded in style on Wednesday night when beating Leeds 3-0 at Elland Road in a seriously impressive display.

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Aston Villa haven't beaten Wolves since 2012 and bookmakers believe that run could extend on Saturday with Steve Bruce's side chalked up as [3.25] outsiders, odds that imply the Claret & Blue boast just a 31% chance of success. While the Hoops now sit in 16th position and may hold a 13 point buffer over the Championship drop zone, the West London club have been unable to mount any kind of promotion push and find themselves 18 points adrift of the playoff positions.

Icelandic midfielder Birkir Bjarnason toe-poked a shot past Wolves keeper John Ruddy in the 84th minute as Villa fans started to celebrate a victory that pushes them closer to the automatic promotion places. Considering the high-stakes nature of the encounter, plus the local rivalry, it's hard to imagine anything other than a tight battle.

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The game took a sudden turn in the 57th minute when a Snodgrass free-kick from the left went through an ill-formed Wolves defence to the unmarked Chester to glide the ball home for his second goal in successive matches.

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