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Newcastle vs Aston Villa: Predictions
The annual Newcastle fight against relegation is underway with the Magpies slipping dangerously close to the bottom three. Winless in their past four games, Steve Bruce’s side are just one points clear of 18th-placed Fulham, although they do have a match in hand over the Cottagers.
Newcastle’s poor run comes at a time of turmoil at the club, with its future sale still in doubt after a long-drawn out takeover saga and reports of a training ground bust-up between Bruce and Matt Ritchie confirmed by the Magpies boss. But that will all need to be pushed to one side on Friday, as Newcastle fight against a return to the Championship (amid the revelation thats players do not have relegation clauses in their contracts).
They face an Aston Villa side not in great form of late, struggling without their talisman Jack Grealish. Since the Englishman succumbed to a shin injury, Aston Villa have won just one of their four games, beating Leeds, while losing to Leicester and Sheffield United.
That form has seen Aston Villa fall slightly away from the race for European football in the Premier League, now ninth and eight points behind fifth-placed West Ham who occupy the Europa League qualification spot as things stand. But they may fancy themselves against a Newcastle side in disarray.
Newcastle vs Aston Villa: Match Stats
Neither side is in good form but Aston Villa may have enough to edge their trip to the Magpies, given the worse situation in which Newcastle find themselves. But don’t expect goals. Just one of Aston Villa’s past six Premier League matches have seen more than one goal scored, including two goalless draws, while Newcastle have only scored twice in their past four games.
In games like these, with so much on the line for both sides, it can be hard for teams to keep control of their players in certain situations. And, if a tough referee is involved this can also bring cards. Only three teams have been shown more cards than Newcastle in the Premier League, with the Magpies receiving 47 yellows and two reds, averaging 1.81 per match. Aston Villa’s average isn’t much lower at 1.66 per match with 41 yellows and two reds.
21 January 2021 – Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle – Premier League
24 June 2020 – Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa – Premier League
25 November 2019 – Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle – Premier League
20 February 2017 – Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa – Championship
24 September 2016 – Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle – Championship
Aston Villa had struggled against Newcastle in recent seasons, but they go into this game unbeaten in three games against the Magpies including two wins. In the reverse fixture in January, Aston Villa ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Ollie Watkings and Bertrand Traore, though they are still awaiting their first win at St James’ Park since 2005.