Premier League 2

Villa beat Wolves as promotion race heats up

9 Apr 2019
Cameron Archer, Aston Villa

Aston Villa's 1-0 win puts one point between them, in fifth, and their second-placed opponents in Division 2

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Aston Villa dented Wolverhampton Wanderers' hopes of winning the Premier League 2 Division 2 title and boosted their own promotion ambitions with a 1-0 home victory. 

PL2 Division 2 title race

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 22 +23 43
2 Southampton SOU 22 +16 43
3 Reading RDG 22 +12 40
4 Newcastle United NEW 22 +9 40
5 Aston Villa AVL 22 +5 37

Cameron Archer (pictured) struck the decisive goal on 53 minutes, when beat Andreas Sondergaard after Tyler Wright's through-ball was helped on by Jacob Ramsey. 

The victory at Walsall's Banks's Stadium moves fifth-placed Aston Villa to within a point of Wolves, and guarantees them a place in the playoffs with two matches left.

Wolves are in second position and lie two points behind leaders Southampton.

The Division 2 champions will gain automatic promotion to Division 1, and the teams ranked from second to fifth will compete in the playoffs for the second promotion place.

See: Wolves report

Monday's Division 2 results

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