Kick-off: 2000, 25/11/2019
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: Sky Sports
Aston Villa have lost their last three Premier League matches and may settle for a home draw with Newcastle on Monday night to stop the rot.
The Magpies went into the international break in fine spirits following back-to-back wins and their only defeat in five fixtures came at Chelsea.
This has all the makings of a close encounter and 12/5 for a draw is our opening Aston Villa vs Newcastle prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa looked on a roll last month when winning 5-1 at Norwich and beating Brighton at this venue, but then faltered during a tough schedule.
Dean Smith’s side went down 3-0 at Manchester City, before suffering 2-1 defeats against Liverpool and Wolves.
There was obviously no disgrace in any of those losses, but Smith was disappointed with the last display at Molineux.
“It’s a game that we’ll look back on with a lot of regrets, because we didn’t turn up,” moaned the manager.
Villa did beat Wolves in the FA Cup during that stretch, so it is not all doom and gloom, but they do face a test of character after dropping to 17th in the table.
Looking at the Aston Villa vs Newcastle odds, we like 15/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time.
Last Villa line-up: Steer, Konsa, Targett, Guilbert, Mings, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Nakamba, Trezeguet, El Ghazi, Wesley.
Jack Grealish is set to skipper the Villa side after four weeks out with a calf injury.
Goalkeeper Tom Heaton is also likely to play after recovering from a calf problem, but deputy Jed Steer is out for up to four months with a partial tear in his Achilles.
Defenders Bjorn Engels and Matt Targett should figure after overcoming a hip injury and concussion respectively, but winger Jota (hernia) and striker Keinan Davis (hamstring) are not ready to return.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle climbed up to 13th, four points above Villa, after following up a 3-2 win at West Ham with a 2-1 home victory over Bournemouth.
A lack of goals from the front men is a concern, with seven of the United’s last nine goals coming from defenders and the other two from midfielders.
However, DeAndre Yedlin has hailed the efforts of forwards Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron, despite the fact they have scored only once between them so far this season.
“What a lot of people don’t realise is the defensive work that strikers do for us,” commented Yedlin. “They make the game a lot easier for us with their pressing and the way they push.
“They are doing a lot of the dirty work and deserve the credit as well. It goes a bit unnoticed, but it’s a massive help for us.”
Losing captain Jamaal Lascelles to a knee injury is a blow, but the Magpies are showing enough spirit to adapt.
Let’s finish off our Aston Villa vs Newcastle betting tips by taking 23/4 for a 1-1 stalemate.
Last Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Clark, Lascelles, Willems, Fernandez, Yedlin, Shelvey, Hayden, Almiron, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin.
Newcastle are hoping Ciaran Clark is passed fit to face his former club after he reported back from Republic of Ireland duty carrying a knock.
Florian Lejeune and Fabian Schar are back in training and could provide the defensive cavalry but Sean Longstaff completes a three-game ban and Matt Ritchie is still out with long-standing ankle trouble.
Wolves 2-1 ASTON VILLA – Trezeguet
NEWCASTLE 2-1 Bournemouth – DeAndre Yedlin, Ciaran Clark
Head-to-head: Newcastle 2-0 Villa, Villa 1-1 Newcastle, Villa 0-0 Newcastle, Newcastle 1-1 Villa
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