The Magpies are in a must-win situation!

Last updated: May 4, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Villa Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLLLL
Away form: WDDWL
Last season: 0-0
Competition: The Premier League

Newcastle United have shown real improvement in their recent performance. The Magpies avoided defeat in 4 consecutive Premier League games, collecting 8 points (2 victories and 2 draws). They won 1-0 against Crystal Palace in the previous round, after a great performance by the third choice goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who saved a shot from the penalty spot. Now, Rafael Benitez’s players are lying in 17th place, just 1 point in front of their main opponents Sunderland. So, The Magpies desperately need the three points.

Moreover, Aston Villa are on a nightmare run. The Villains have never had worse results in The Premier League. They have lost 11 consecutive games. Aston Villa have collected only 16 points and have already been relegated. Their defence is simply awful (72 goals conceded). The Villains have failed to score in 16 matches and have found the net on 27 occasions in 36 games.

It’s been 5 years since the last Aston Villa victory against Newcastle United. Since then, The Magpies have won 5 matches and have finished with a draw on 4 occasions. So, even though Newcastle are very weak when playing away, they are the favourites for winning the game.

Team News

Former Manchester United player Kieran Richardson is suffering from a calf muscle strain injury. The 31-year-old player has recorded 11 appearances this season.

Jordan Amavi is the other injured player in Aston Villa’s squad. The French defender will miss all the remaining matches for The Villains.

Newcastle United’s captain Fabricio Coloccini is still not fit. He is suffering from a calf muscle strain and will surely miss the visit to Birmingham.

Tim Krul and Rob Elliot are still injured for Newcastle. So, Karl Darlow is the only option for Rafael Benitez. However, Darlow is in very good form.

Expected line-ups:

Aston Villa (3-5-2): Bunn, Toner, Clark, Lescott, Hutton, Gueye, Bacuna, Westwood, Sanchez, Gestede, Ayew.
Subs Lyden, Grealish, Charles Gil, Richards, Sinclair, Guzan, Veretout.
Injured: Richardson, Amavi.
Not available: Cissokho
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Darlow, Dummett, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Tiote, Colback, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Townsend, Cisse
Subs Woodman, Mitrovic, Taylor, Mbabu, de Jong, Shelvey, Ayoze.
Injured: Krul, Haïdara, Janmaat, Coloccini, Elliot.
Not available:

So far this season

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Aston Villa this season Newcastle this season
20 League Position 17
2 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 6 (2)
2-0 Norwich Biggest win 6-2 vs. Norwich
4 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 7 (2)
12 (14) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (14)
0-6 to Liverpool Biggest Defeat 1-6 to Man City
Ayew (7) Top scorer Wijnaldum (9)
Veretout (5) Assist Leader Sissoko (6)
Y73, R3 Discipline Y58, R4
16 Failures to score 13
5 Clean Sheets 7
17 Both Teams to Score Games 18
17 Over 2.5 Games 19
19 Under 2.5 Games 17
  • The Magpies have failed to win their last 10 Premier League matches away from St. James Park. They have only won 2 of 18 visits this season.
  • The Villains have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 6 games at Villa Park in The Premier League. The last time they kept a clean sheet was 3 months ago.
  • The first match of the season between these two teams finished with a 1-1 draw at St. James Park. Coloccini opened in the 38th minute, but Ayew equalized 30 minutes later.
  • Newcastle United have only recorded 19 victories of 71 visits to Aston Villa. The Magpies have conceded 129 and have scored only 75 goals.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
19/12/15 The Premier League Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa F. Coloccini 38′
28/02/15 The Premier League Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa P. Cissé 37′
23/08/14 The Premier League Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle
23/02/14 The Premier League Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa L. Rémy 90′
14/09/13 The Premier League Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle H. Ben Arfa 18′