FINAL Preview & Poll With just 2 teams remaining in the Coppa, it's time for the Final preview!! It's an all-English club match between "Coppa King" Zikry, who makes his 4th consecutive trip to a Cup Final, and Serie B champion CxMacx10 (Zikry) ASTON VILLA ~ WOLVERHAMPTON (CxMacx10) Road to the FinalTo begin, let's review each side's league season and Coppa run. Aston Villa Serie A: Currently 6th Place, 8-4-8, 33 GF, 30 GA, +3 GD, 28 points Coppa Group A: 1st Place, W 5-0 vs. Flamengo (Genoa), W 2-0 vs. Wolverhampton, W 4-0 vs. Celtic Coppa Round of 16: W 3-0 vs. Werder Bremen Coppa Quarterfinals: W 3-1 vs. Corinthians Coppa Semifinals: W 4-1 vs. Montpellier After a disappointing start to the Serie A season, Aston Villa spent must of their time fighting the relegation spots. This came as a major surprise, because in season 3, Villa finished in in 2nd place, just 4 points behind Spartak Moscow. However, after a slow start, Aston Villa eventually shot up in the table and out of the relegation zone. Now with 2 games still remaining in the season, the club has a positive GD (+3) and could finish the season in 5th place. But while the club had a rollercoaster season in league play, they have cruised through the Coppa. The club passed through Group A without allowing a goal, and added another clean sheet in the Round of 16 against last year's Coppa champ, Werder Bremen. Then in two tough matchups against Corinthians and Montpellier, Villa again took down their opponents with ease. After 6 games in the Coppa, the club has an astonishing 21 GF and only 2 GA. The club also has a chance to sweep the Coppa awards, with Bent leading the Coppa in goals and assists and Shay Given already clinching the Golden Glove award. Wolverhampton Serie B: Finished 1st Place, 12-5-1, 46 GF, 15 GA, +31 GD, 41 points Coppa Group A: 2nd Place, D 1-1 vs. Celtic, L 0-2 vs. Aston Villa, W 2-0 vs. Genoa Coppa Round of 16: W 1-0 vs. Fiorentina Coppa Quarterfinals: W 1-1 (4-2 PEN) vs. Everton Coppa Semifinals: W 2-0 vs. Sao Paulo After a promising season back in Season 3, Wolverhampton missed out on promotion. But that didn't stop them from forcing Serie B to once again "Chase the Wolves." The club dominated on the defensive end, sporting a 0.83 goals against per game ratio. In fact, at 15 GA, they were one of only two clubs to even allow less than 30 goals on the season. The club also finished tied for first in goals scored (46), combining to make a juggernaut that resulted in an automatic promotion to Serie A. But in the opposite manner as Aston Villa, Wolverhampton has looked less like themselves in Coppa play. The Wolves barely got out of Group A with 4 points and advanced on goal differential. Then after a 1-0 win against Fiorentina, Wolverhampton needed a penalty shootout to knock out Everton. The club finally showed its strong form in a 2-0 win over Sao Paulo in the semifinals, and now hope to build upon some momentum to claim the Coppa title. Match AnalysisNow for a full run down on the game, it's time to preview the head-to-head matchups with the projected starting lineups. GoalkeepersAston Villa: GK Shay GivenWolverhampton: GK Wayne HennesseyBoth keepers have shown they can play with the best of them. Given is on pace to claim his second consecutive Coppa Golden Glove and looks unbeatable in the Coppa. Hennessey leads Serie B in clean sheets with 5, and has only given up 4 goals himself in Coppa play. But while Hennessey benefits from Serie B opponents, Given spends his time against Serie A attackers. And looking at sheer talent, Given easily has the leg up in this matchup. Advantage: Aston Villa DefendersAston Villa: Alan Hutton, Richard Dunne, Ciaran Clark, Stephen WarnockWolverhampton: Christophe Berra, Sebastien Bassong, Roger Johnson, Stephen WardRichard Dunne leads the Aston Villa defense as the center back. His large frame will make it difficult for Wolverhampton to find any space from crosses. The other three defenders are strong supporters and should not be prone to a lapse in judgment. The Villa defense has been phenomal at times, but so has the Wolverhampton defense. Roger Johnson and on-loan Sebastien Bassong will man the center back positions, but neither are overly exceptional. Stephen Ward, who has the ability to play midfield and even striker, may be utilized to create some chances on the offensive end. His 4 assists have added an extra dimension to their attack. But when Villa has the two best defenders on the pitch in Dunne and Alan Hutton, it's hard to justify a case against them. Advantage: Aston Villa MidfieldersAston Villa: Stiliyan Petrov, Barry Bannan, Gabby Agbonlahor, Charles N'ZogbiaWolverhampton: Steven Fletcher, Jamie O'Hara, Michael Kightly, Matt JarvisAston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov will team up with Barry Bannan in the center of the pitch. Petrov is still a major player despite his age, yet the younger Bannan can be prone to being the weak link on the pitch. His style is not overly concerned with the defensive side of the ball, forcing Petrov to keep tabs on the opposition's offensive buildup. Charles N'Zogbia and Gabby Agbonlahor give the Villains speed, but neither have impressed in recent play. With 2 and 3 assists respectively, they have not been the key channels needed to get the ball to Darren Bent & co. It will be interesting to see if the two get too caught up in using their speed to burn defenders as opposed to developing the offensive attack. Wolverhampton will use Steven Fletcher in the midfield, a surprise given his striking ability. Michael Kightly is nothing special, but Wolverhampton has two strong midfielders in Jamie O'Hara and Matt Jarvis. Nenad Milijas provides depth on the Wolverhampton bench, and contributed 3 assists for the club in Serie B. Look for him to enter the match if Fletcher or Kightly are underwhelming. But overall, Wolverhampton have been able to utilize their midfield to set up their attack much better this season, while Villa needs to turn their talent into production. Advantage: Wolverhampton ForwardsAston Villa: Darren Bent, Nathan DelfounesoWolverhampton: Kevin Doyle, Sylvan Ebanks-BlakeDarren Bent. We could probably just stop there, as Bent has been a one-man wrecking crew over the past 2 seasons for Aston Villa. Bent will be looking to add some awards following the match, and after disappointing in last year's Final, expect him to come back this time around with an extra punch. Nathan Delfouneso will play off Bent, adding more speed to the Aston Villa attack. Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake are no slouches for Wolverhampton though. The two finished 5th and 3rd, respectively, for goals in Serie B. Each have also created numerous chances for one another, showing that they have the ability to finish and the vision to set up goals. But in the end, both strikers better fit the category of a poor man's Darren Bent. Advantage: Aston Villa Past MatchupsWith Zikry having been in Serie A for 4 seasons and CxMacx10 in Serie B for 2, the two have never played each other in league play. However, the two sides did meet in the Coppa this season, back in the group stage in Group A during Group Match 2:Season 4 Coppa, Group A (with LINK here): Aston Villa (Zikry) 2, Wolverhampton (CxMacx10) 0Overall: Zikry 1-0-0 CxMacx10In the lone previous match between the two finalists back on January 26, Aston Villa came away victorious. However, the Wolves outshot Villa on total shots (18-6) and shots on target (4-2) while also winning the possession battle (64-36%). A goal from Delfouneso and Bent would be the difference though, along with a clean sheet from Given. PredictionMake your pick in the poll and feel free to add any other notes or a projected score in a post below. As for myself, I see Aston Villa having more talent on the pitch and the club has been in strong form of late (not to say Wolverhampton hasn't either though). The past matchup concerns me though, as Wolverhampton dominated in shots and possession. So what does this all add up to? I'm going with... Aston Villa 2-0 Good luck to the Finalists!