Premier League Match Preview: Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa

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Updated: February 18, 2014
Newcastle United

Match Date: 23 February 2014 (local)

Match Date: St James’ Park

 

Newcastle United

Incurring a fourth home defeat in a row, Newcastle United have had their recent form nearly reach personal waterloo to place themselves behind former strugglers Southamptom in the league table. The side suffered their latest downfall from Tottenham Hotspurs who had Emmanuel Adebayor, Paulinho, and Nacer Chadli score four goals to inflict a 4-0 defeat on their opponents.

 

Alan Pardew’s men were short of truly spectacular stunts to overwhelm their rivals. Tim Sherwood’s squad, in contrast, were just very sprightly, highly creative, and impressively clinical that their hosts who could not afford to match. Current rankings position The Magpies at number nine, stagnated with 37 points and a goal difference of -6.

 

Aston Villa

The Villans’ ramshackle results from their tourneys against Everton and West Ham were moderately repaired with a goalless draw from Cardiff City. This marked their first time to earn a top-tier point since their victory at West Bromwich four weeks ago.

 

The hosts dominated the first half with a few their players creating chances but failed to convert. Villa retaliated in the second half by letting Leandro Bacuna and Gabriel Agbonlaho take the efforts, but were also denied of points following an impressive goalkeeping by David Marshall. This left the fixture deprived of goals, allowing the sides to share the spoils, and head home frustrated. To date, Aston Villa have already amassed 28 points from 26 matches, helping them rank in the top dozen.

 

Football betting tip: Newcastle United and Aston Villa are nine points apart, with the former claiming the higher rank. As with their past two face-offs, expect this battle to end with the hosts carrying the silverware.

 

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