2019-20 Premier League: Week 13 – Aston Villa vs Newcastle

Aston Villa look to move away from the relegation zone as they welcome Newcastle United to Villa Park in Monday Night Football. 

Villa can climb into 15th position with victory whereas Newcastle could go ninth with a win. 

 

Team news

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Matt Targett will be available for Aston Villa after recovering from a concussion suffered at Wolves just two weeks ago. 

Bjorn Engels (hip), Tom Heaton, Jack Grealish (both calf), and Jota (groin) are also set to return to the starting lineup.

Keinan Davis (hamstring) and Jed Steer (Achilles) are both ruled out. 

Newcastle could be without Ciaran Clark after the Irishman returned from international duty with a knock. 

Captain, Jamaal Lascelles is also ruled out with a fracture picked up during their win over Bournemouth last time out.

Fabian Schar and Florian LeJeune could return to the starting lineup after recovering from knee injuries. 

Sean Longstaff is serving the last of a three match ban whilst Matt Ritchie (ankle) is still absent after a setback in his recovery. 

 

Form

Villa enter this game winless in their last three league outings but are consistent at home, with two wins, draws and defeats apiece. 

Newcastle have lost just one of their last five games but have won just two of six away games, of which both came in London against Tottenham and West Ham. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Aston Villa are winless in their last 12 meetings with Newcastle (D6, L6).
  • The last two Premier League meetings at Villa Park between these teams in August 2014 and May 2016 finished goalless.
  • No Villa player is yet score a headed league goal this season.
  • There hasn’t been a single last man tackle by any Newcastle player in the league this season.
  • Excluding Villa’s defence, Wesley has won the most aerial duels with 25 aerial winners.

 

Prediction

Both teams headed in contrasting directions just before the break so this is almost like a reset in terms of momentum, which should make for an interesting encounter. 

Villa were defensively solid but lacked the attacking quality against Wolves, which actually might stand them in good stead here against a strong Newcastle team who will fight to the end for the win. 

I therefore am going for a late Magpies win because they’re growing in confidence and are due a first away win outside of London. 

Prediction: Aston Villa 0-1 Newcastle United

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