Villa Park, Aston, England
Key Stat: Newcastle have scored just one goal in their last seven matches in all competitions.
Newcastle’s dismal recent form showed no sign of stopping when they were comfortably beaten by Arsenal last time out. Steve Bruce is under serious pressure and Aston Villa can take full advantage as they bid to bounce back to winning ways.
In just their second match back after their long, enforced break, Aston Villa will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host Newcastle United at Villa Park. Dean Smith’s side are looking for their first win since Boxing Day, and only their second victory at Villa Park since thrashing Liverpool 7-2 back in October. Newcastle’s poor form means the hosts are favourites, however, for a game which takes place on Saturday January 23 and gets underway at 20:00 local time.
Aston Villa Predicted Starting Line-up
Defenders: Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett
Midfielders:Douglas Luiz, John McGinn
Attacking Midfielders:Jack Grealish, Ross Barkley, Anwar El Ghazi
Forwards: Ollie Watkins
Newcastle United Predicted Starting Line-up
Goalkeeper: Karl Darlow
Defenders: Emil Krafth, Jamal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Jamal Lewis
Midfielders:Miguel Almiron, Jonjo Shelvey, Jeff Hendrick, Ryan Fraser
Forwards: Andy Carroll, Callum Wilson
Villa took four points off Newcastle last season. Conor Hourihane and Anwar El Ghazi scored in the 2-0 win when they last met at Villa Park, while they drew most recently at St James’ Park, in June. Dwight Gayle scored the opener, but Ahmed Elmohamady grabbed a late equaliser.
Aston Villa vs Newcastle United Recommended bets with odds
Aston Villa are favourites to beat Newcastle at home and can be backed at 11/20 to win with Betway.
Newcastle’s lack of goals underpins their dismal form and yet you can back against both teams to score at 21/20 with 888sport.
Ollie Watkins will lead the line for Villa, and you can back the striker to score at any time at a best price of 7/5 with Betway.
Aston Villa vs Newcastle United Prediction
Aston Villa are in need of a win, as they return to action, and while Newcastle are even more desperate it is the hosts who are favourites. Newcastle’s poor goalscoring form is the biggest reason they are so hard to back, despite Steve Bruce’s bullish talk.
Correct score prediction: Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle United