Aston Villa’s summer has been dominated by the transfer saga surrounding captain Jack Grealish, who has now secured a £100m switch to champions Manchester City. Dean Smith has acted quickly to reinvest that money however and the likes of Danny Ings and Leon Bailey represent good value additions to a still strong squad even in Grealish’s absence.
It wasn’t an ideal start to the season for the Villains last weekend however as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat at newly-promoted Watford. Ings was on the scoresheet however and having scored twice in the latter stages, it could’ve been a much more humbling opening weekend than it turned out to be for Smith’s charges.
The visitors to Villa Park on Saturday afternoon are a Newcastle United side who raced out of the traps last weekend at home to West Ham United, scoring first-half goals via Jacob Murphy and Callum Wilson to lead West Ham United 2-1 at the half-time break at St James’ Park.
Unfortunately, the atmosphere turned in the second half as the Magpies’ performance levels dropped dramatically and three goals from the visitors condemned the hosts to an opening weekend defeat. Steve Bruce knows that he needs to lead his side to an improved performance here if he’s to win over a Newcastle faithful that remains ill at ease with his position even after a season of lockdown.
Aston Villa vs Newcastle: Match Stats
Leon Bailey’s introduction from the bench at Watford gave Villa more thrust in the attacking areas and he managed to get himself an assist by crossing for John McGinn’s emphatic volley. The former Bayer Leverkusen man will be out to impress on his home debut and we’re backing him for another assist at 5/2 with Sky Bet.
These two teams may have both failed to gain any points on the opening weekend, but their fixtures followed rather different patterns. Newcastle had led by a one-goal margin at half-time before collapsing to a 2-4 defeat, while Aston Villa saved their best football for the latter stages of the game, having been 3-0 down on 65 minutes only to get two consolation goals back. We expect Villa to save their best football for the second half again here.
Aston Villa vs Newcastle: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Newcastle
Aston Villa vs Newcastle: Odds
Aston Villa vs Newcastle: Head to Head
20 Feb 2017 – Newcastle United 2-0 Aston Villa – Championship
25 Nov 2019 – Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United – Premier League
24 Jun 2020 – Newcastle United 1-1 Aston Villa – Premier League
23 Jan 2021 – Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United – Premier League
12 Mar 2021 – Newcastle United 1-1 Aston Villa – Premier League
Interestingly, the last two seasons have seen these fixtures scorelines repeat themselves, with Aston Villa winning 2-0 at home and the sides playing out a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park later in the campaign. The Magpies have a better record in the fixture overall though, winning 71 to the Villain’s 57.