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Aston Villa defender Matty Cash will be out for at least a couple of weeks after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty. Jacob Ramsey could return from an ankle problem, but John McGinn is serving the second of a three-match ban.

Wolves forward Matheus Cunha is pushing for a recall after missing the past six games with a hamstring issue. Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, Craig Dawson, Pedro Neto, and Hwang Hee-chan are all unavailable.


Here are the main lines from his news conference:

  • He dismissed recent reports linking him to a coaching role at Manchester United: “There’s no truth in it – I don’t know where it came from. Growing up, Liverpool and Manchester felt like special clubs, so firstly it’s an honour to be linked. But all of my focus is on a three-game Premier League week and how we can help the group. I’m a head coach and I’m always going to be a head coach.”

  • When asked about the possibility of signing a new contract at Molineux, O’Neil said he is going to discuss his future with the club in the summer.

  • On the prospect of qualifying for European football: “Europe was never a target with what the club had to go through in the summer. Because we’re so close to it we have to discuss it. We understand the challenges surrounding it. It would be an unbelievable achievement.”

  • He confirmed Craig Dawson and Jean-Ricner Bellegarde remain unavailable: “Both aren’t back with the group yet. Their injuries aren’t clear ones where you get a clear time frame. Craig is doing better – hopefully he’ll be back with the group next week for training. We’re waiting for Bellegarde’s knee to settle before we push him on. We’re hoping it would settle quicker than it has. There’s no real time frame on him yet.”

  • On the timeframe for Hwang Hee-chan’s return: “He may be able to push ahead of [the estimated three-week return date]. He’s on the grass and working hard. He’s not too far away so hopefully he shave a bit off that three weeks.”

  • It will be a longer time before Pedro Neto appears in a Wolves shirt again: “I think he’ll be back around the end of the season. He has a big summer with the Euros that he’s keen to get back for. We won’t let the fixture list dictate when he’s back. He’s working very hard and is keen to get back as quickly as possible.”

  • High-flying opponents Villa have their own share of injury issues: “I think I’ve got a good idea of what they’ll look like – definitely shape-wise and probably personnel-wise. They still have incredible players available. The backline is going to be strong. It will be a really tough test. It’s an opportunity to put another memorable result on the board.”

  • On their free-scoring striker Ollie Watkins: “I’m not sure when he made the improvement, but when I look at his all-round game, it’s come on an awful lot. He can be a threat in behind and is good in to feet now. He’s a really big goal threat as a really good number nine playing in a good team. He’s done very well and looks like an accomplished Premier League striker now.”



  • Aston Villa are without a win in six Premier League meetings against Wolves, drawing three and losing three.
  • Wolves have lost just one of their eight Premier League visits to Villa Park, drawing four and winning three.

Aston Villa

  • Aston Villa have lost three of their past four league fixtures at Villa Park, as many as in Unai Emery’s first 23 home games in charge.
  • Their tally of 17 top-flight wins this season is only one short of their total for 2022-23.
  • Villa can equal the club league record of conceding multiple goals in six consecutive home matches.
  • Ollie Watkins has been directly involved in 26 Premier League goals this season, with 16 goals and 10 assists – one shy of Dwight Yorke’s club record of 17 goals and 10 assists in 1995-96.
  • Leon Bailey has six goals and six assists in 13 top-flight appearances at Villa Park this season.
  • Head coach Unai Emery is winless in six previous Premier League clashes against Wolves, drawing four and losing two.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Wolves have won four of their past six Premier League games, losing the other two.
  • Gary O’Neil’s side have accrued 22 points since Christmas Eve, with only Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal faring better.
  • They are unbeaten in the last 10 top-flight games in which they’ve opened the scoring, winning eight and drawing two.
  • They’ve also won three of their past five Premier League games against sides starting the day in the top five (D1, L1).
  • Wolves are the only side in Europe’s top five leagues yet to score a goal from outside the penalty area this season.
  • Jose Sa is set to make his 100th Premier League appearance this weekend.


Referee: Paul Tierney. Assistants: Scott Ledger, Steve Meredith. Fourth official: Matt Donohue. VAR: Peter Bankes. Assistant VAR: Nick Greenhalgh.


The match kicks off at 5.30pm at Villa Park on Saturday 30th March, this fixture will be shown live on SkySports in the UK.

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