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An FA Cup third round exit at the hands of Birmingham had Mick McCarthy fuming on Wednesday, and he has demanded an improvement from his troops on Saturday. Wolves hover just a point above the bottom three despite Steven Fletcher notching for the fourth successive away game to earn a 1-1 draw with title-chasing Tottenham. Mick McCarthy’s men are without a win in their last seven matches, failing to score more than one goal in six. Aston Villa ended a run of four straight home defeats but had to settle for a point against Everton despite Darren Bent’s opener. Alex McLeish’s side are unbeaten in their last four matches away from Villa Park, picking up eight points and two clean sheets in the process. They have an impressive record at Molineux having gone 10 games without defeat, dating back to 1978.
Wolves: L D D D L D
Aston Villa: L L D W L D
• Wolves have allowed the opposition more shots on target against them than any other Premier League side (149).
• Villa have failed to score in eight of their 21 league matches - only Swansea and Wigan (both nine) have fared worse.