A look at Aston Villa and Wolves' last three meetings

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish (L) in action with Wolves' David Edwards

As Wolves and Aston Villa prepare for one of the biggest games of their respective seasons, it's time to take a trip down memory lane.

Over the years Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers haven't come into contact all too often. Due to Villa's constant presence in the Premier League and Wolves' inability to gain promotion, it was only during recent times that the two have squared off on a more semi-regular basis.

Their previous meeting this season certainly made alot of headlines with it being Steve Bruce's first game in charge of the Villains, so it'll be interesting to see just how far the club have come in the last three months. But a look at the results between the two teams will indicate who has the best recent form in the fixture:

Aston Villa 1-1 Wolves

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish (L) in action with Wolves' David EdwardsAston Villa's Jack Grealish (L) in action with Wolves' David Edwards

There was a nervous atmosphere at Villa Park ahead of Steve Bruce's first game, with many fans just praying that they could get back to winning ways in the league. Unfortunately it didn't work out that way, with one penalty a piece seeing the Midlands sides share the points.

With Kodjia and Costa getting the goals, it was certainly an indication of the two star players' form in the next few months. In many ways this could've been a make or break moment for Bruce, and simply avoiding defeat at home during a game against your rivals was important. Success is one thing, but coming back from the brink is more vital.

Wolves 2-3 Aston Villa

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane after the gameRepublic of Ireland's Robbie Keane after the game

With Wolves' third season in the Premier League slowly going off of a cliff, Villa came to down at Molineux and the two sides put on a thrilling display. It was a back and forth clash that was decided by a brace from former Wolves boy Robbie Keane, adding a painful sting into the story for both clubs.

The result left Villa in mid table with Wolves staggering down in the bottom three, with Darren Bent also netting for Villa. It's fascinating to see how far both teams have come considering Villa had such an experienced duo up top, meanwhile Wolves' decline was obvious from December onwards.

Aston Villa 0-0 Wolves

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeishAston Villa manager Alex McLeish

Earlier on in that campaign, things were actually going relatively well for Wolves. Two victories to kick off the season actually left them top of the Premier League table for a brief period of time, meanwhile Villa fans were still trying to come to terms with having Alex McLeish as their manager.

This one was a dull affair though, and proved to be a sign of the misery to come for both sides both in terms of managerial casualties and relegation worries. It's difficult to determine which side has had it worst over the last few years because they've both experienced things that weren't anticipated whatsoever, so it's good to see that the rebuilding process is coming along nicely.

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