Match Preview: Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United

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Updated: September 2, 2013
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Match Date: 14 September 2013 (local time)

Venue: Villa Park

 

Aston Villa

Aston Villa failed to capitalize on their stunning victory against Arsenal. The Villans just suffered a 1-goal defeat to table leaders, Liverpool. And now that they are pitted against Newcastle United, the club seeks to snatch its 2nd victory with the help of their soon-to-be new player.

 
On the verge of streamlining its lineup before the transfer saga ends, Paul Lambert has its eyes on Lazio striker, Libor Kozák.

 

Kozák was a hardly a part of Lazio’s starting XI. Nevertheless, he made 14 substitution appearances during his stay in Serie. Age 24, the striker is best remember for scoring a hat trick during the Stuttgart match in the Europa League. His entry into Aston Villa can give his career a major boost at the same time, satisfy the club’s need for a reliable scoring machine and have an easy win against Newcastle United.

 

In terms of the club’s injury status, winger Charles N’Zogbia will be sidelined in the upcoming match after incurring an Achilles tendon injury.

 

 

Newcastle United

There have been doubts on Magpies’ capabilities to have a strong finish this season. The transfer market is about to close and the club is yet to make a strong impression in acquiring new players.

 

To note, Newcastle United’s recent victory over Fulham is their very first win this season. Manchester City thrashed them by 4 goals and a draw against West Ham hardly deserves a recognition.

 

Now that Arsene Wenger has his eyes on Yohan Cabaye, the club faces a gloomy future should Cabaye chose to have a better career playing for the Gunners.

 

Asian bookie tip:  Aston Villa to score 2 goals in a down the wire match

The Magpies have readily lost 19 of their last 21 matches and since they will be playing in foreign soil when they meet Aston Villa, their likelihood of winning is a bit slim.

 

Nevertheless, expect the encounter to be one of those down the wire matches. The last 6 games of the 2 clubs, saw the Magpies thrashing the Villans. However, with their current form, Newcastle United might have a hard time replicating their previous successes.

 

 

 

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