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Aston Villa vs Newcastle Prediction & Match Preview


Aston Villa vs Newcastle Prediction & Match Preview

Aston Villa vs Newcastle United
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 23 January 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Villa Park.

Aston Villa return to action at Villa Park for the first time since Boxing Day as they face a struggling Newcastle. 

Steve Bruce is coming under increasing pressure as manager of the Magpies with his side winless in their last nine games in all competitions, including defeats in their last three. 

Against his old club here, Bruce won’t be afforded any sympathy with Villa in good form before the recent Covid-19 outbreak that forced them to shut their Bodymoor Heath training ground after a significant number of players and staff tested positive for Coronavirus. 

With Chelsea loanee Ross Barkley back to full fitness for the hosts, things don’t look likely improving here for a Newcastle side clearly low on confidence and Villa with home advantage in their favour are expected to come out on top in this contest.

Aston Villa vs Newcastle: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Aston Villa Newcastle United played so far 38 matches.
Aston Villa won 9 direct matches. Newcastle United won 14 matches. 15 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.11 goals per Match.

Aston Villa vs Newcastle Prediction

Aston Villa in actual season average scored 1.76 goals per match. In 6 (60.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 6 (60.00%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Newcastle United average scored 1.27 goals per match in season 2021. In 12 (92.31%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (30.77%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Aston Villa will be without John McGinn for this match after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Man City.

Saturday's match is also likely to come just too soon for Trezeguet, while Wesley and Kortney Hause remain sidelined for the hosts too.

Anwar El Ghazi will be among the players pushing for a starting role should Smith look to make changes, with Bertrand Traore potentially making way.

Bruce made eight changes to his starting XI for the match against Arsenal on Monday night - the most the Magpies have ever made to a starting lineup in the Premier League era.

It was a clear message to his squad following their defeat to Sheffield United and, while the changes did not exactly work with Newcastle falling to a 3-0 defeat, a defiant Bruce hinted that it would be his way forward from now on.

Newcastle will have Ryan Fraser back available after suspension, but the game is expected to come too soon for Federico Fernandez and Allan Saint-Maximin.

One player who is likely to survive any further rotation from Bruce is Callum Wilson; he has scored the winner in four of Newcastle's five league victories this season, although it is now more than a month since he found the back of the net.

Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, Nakamba; El Ghazi, Barkley, Grealish; Watkins

Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Darlow; Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis; Almiron, Shelvey, Hendrick, Fraser; Carroll, Wilson