Few would expect Aston Villa to visit the Britannia Stadium last weekend and travel back to Villa Park with three points – Paul Lambert’s men were wrote off this time last season against Arsenal at the Emirate, but the Villans always manage to record a victory when everyone else banks on their opposition to pull them apart. It wouldn’t be surprising for Villa to return back to old ways with a narrow defeat against Newcastle this weekend.
One swallow doesn’t make a summer, their summer signings don’t exactly instil belief in the squad, but they have to win as many home games as they can if they are to survive this season.
Hope was restored in Newcastle last weekend despite losing to City 2-0. They have a wealth of options throughout the side now, compared to their shambolic end of the season where disarrary was from Mike Ashley and his board, to Alan Pardew on the touchline, and eventually to the fans who wanted money to be spent on the squad. Signing Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere to mention a few is good business, but will struggle to compete to get into the top seven.
Villa will be without Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak until October, while Joe Cole is battling to be fit for the weekend, but may have to wait for his Premier League debut for Villa until next weekend.
Newcastle United have a host of injury doubts, including Papiss Cisse, Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong and Mapou Yange-Mbiwa.
The Austrian forward, along with Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor, has been one of Villa’s bright sparks in the last two seasons, netting 12 Premier League goals in their last two campaigns.
His goal against Stoke City last weekend was vital to get Villa off to a good start and to get some of the pundits who have tipped the Midlands side for relegation throughout the summer off their back.
With Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak out until mid-October, Paul Lambert and Roy Keane will have to rely on Andreas Weimann and Gabby Agbonlahor to supply the goods.
Andreas Weimann has scored the club’s last two Premier League goals at Villa Park, if Villa are to secure any points in their lunchtime kick-off versus the Magpies, they will need the Austrian forward to fire on all cylinders.
The creative Frenchman arrived on the North-East from Ligue 1 side Montpellier for an undisclosed fee, hoping to fill the boots that Yohan Cabaye left.
Despite losing to Newcastle United on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, there were signs of creativity, mainly through Cabella. On making his debut, the French player created three goalscoring chances, more than any of his team-mates.
Alan Pardew will need Cabella and Moussa Sissoko on form to make their way through, what looked like a solid Villa unit at Stoke City last weekend, especially in their centre-back pairing of Ron Vlaar and Phillipe Senderos.
Villa have struggled at home in the past two Premier League campaigns, registering just nine wins in 31 Premier League home games. However, Newcastle United have similar away results, losing 11 times and winning just seven games in the Premier League last season, drawing just one.
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