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Aston Villa vs Newcastle: Hosts to show true worth

Kick-off: 1500, 21/08/2021

Stadium: Villa Park

Aston Villa have beaten Newcastle at home for the past two Premier League seasons and are fancied to complete the hat-trick.

Both teams lost out in entertaining encounters on the opening weekend but Dean Smith’s side look better equipped to bounce back.

We’re taking 33/20 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game for our first Aston Villa vs Newcastle prediction.

A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds

Villa were caught cold by Watford when visiting Vicarage Road, falling 2-0 down before the break and then conceding again on 67 minutes.

John McGinn pulled one back via a fine half-volley and Danny Ings marked his debut with a stoppage-time penalty but it was too little, too late.

“The first half, they were miles off it from where we’ve been and I told them that in no uncertain terms at half-time,” fumed Smith.

“You can’t come and expect to play casual and it was almost like a friendly international at times. You have to go and play with intensity.

“We came here to win a football game and we didn’t do enough to win a football game – and we helped Watford on their way, especially in the first half.”

We still feel Villa have spent the money brought in from selling Jack Grealish wisely and are hoping that wake-up call will put them spot on here.

Looking at the Aston Villa vs Newcastle odds, there is some appeal in 2/1 for the hosts to oblige by more than one clear goal.

That was the case in the past couple of head-to-head meetings at this venue!

Last Villa line-up: Martinez, Cash, Targett, Konsa, Mings, Young, McGinn, Buendia, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Ings.

Bertrand Traore is a fresh injury absentee for Villa. The midfielder suffered a hamstring issue during the defeat at Watford and will not be back until after next month’s international break.

A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds

Newcastle actually started brightly versus West Ham, with Callum Wilson and Jacob Murphy netting as they led 2-1 at the interval.

However, the Hammers dominated the second period and some sloppy defending helped them to eventually run out 4-2 victors.

“We started the second half slow and could never recover really,” Wilson told NUFC TV. “It’s frustrating to lose the game.

“Ultimately, when you do go 2-1 in front at home, you expect to hold on to the lead, at least don’t be conceding more than another goal.

“It’s frustrating but we’re all to blame, we’re all a team and we all defend from the front. It’s something to work on and go away and think about together.”

The Magpies were only one place below Villa last term but 10 points separated them and the Midlands outfit look in better shape again to us.

Villa were often fast starters while United didn’t score in the opening 15 minutes on the road all season.

Let’s finish off our Aston Villa vs Newcastle betting tips by taking 15/4 for the hosts to be ahead after a quarter of an hour.

Last Newcastle line-up: Woodman, Clark, Krafth, Fernandez, Shelvey, Ritchie, Hayden, Murphy, Almiron, Wilson, Saint-Maximin.

Steve Bruce has confirmed Joe Willock will be included in his squad after completing his permanent move to the club from Arsenal, but Jonjo Shelvey has been ruled out after sustaining a fresh calf injury.

Additional stats

Last result:

Watford 3-2 ASTON VILLA – John McGinn, Danny Ings (pen)

NEWCASTLE 2-4 West Ham – Callum Wilson, Jacob Murphy

Head-to-head: Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle, Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle

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