Aston Villa vs Newcastle United
Who? Aston Villa vs Newcastle United in Monday Night Football action in Matchweek 13 of the Premier League 2019/20
Where? Villa Park, Birmingham
When? 20:00 GMT, Monday 25th November 2019
Monday Night Football wraps up the Premier League weekend with a return to Villa Park for Steve Bruce as his Newcastle United team face Aston Villa.
Villa are struggling to pick up points recently and could do with a big effort to get over the line on Monday. Villa Park has only seen two home wins so far this season. Dean Smith will look to add to that when they face Newcastle United and lift themselves from 17th place in the Premier League table. In fairness, two of their last three games have come against both Liverpool and Manchester City. The big rivalry match away at Wolves last time out would have been most disappointing, losing 2-1 after a late consolation goal.
Prior to playing Manchester City, Villa picked up seven points from a possible nine. That included a thrashing of Norwich City at Carrow Road 5-1, just two goals away from their record win in the Premier League era. They also got the better of ten-men Brighton at home. John McGinn has been one of the standout players in the league. His tenacity and all-round traits make him a real asset to the team. The Scot has completed more take-ons and more tackles than any other player in the league this season. Villa will do well to keep hold of the 25-year-old.
Early season criticism of the appointment of Steve Bruce as Rafa Benitez’s successor has died down significantly. After a poor start, Newcastle have recovered well and have lost just one of their last five Premier League games. This run of form has seen them lift as high as 13th in the Premier League table. They stormed to a 3-0 lead away to West Ham in their last away game, and just about held out. Bruce’s side also showed great character to come back at home against Bournemouth to make it back-to-back wins. We can see that run ending here, however.
There are still a lot of underlying issues going forward that could really hurt them. Going into a busy christmas period, forward players Joelinton, Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin are not scoring enough, if not at all. The last two matches have ended in victory thanks to goals predominantly from defensive players. Goals from set pieces and defenders are great qualities to call upon. If the likes of Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez cannot get on the end of set pieces, you fear where the goals are coming from.
Aston Villa (23/20* to Win): Keeper Tom Heaton is a doubt for Villa, meaning Norwegian keeper Orjan Nyland could make his full Premier League debut. Creative wide man Jota and youth product Keinan Davis are both sidelined for this game. We expect the midfield duo John McGinn and Jack Grealish to both start for the hosts.
Newcastle (5/2* to Win): The Magpies will have to go one more game without midfielder Sean Longstaff. The brother of Matt Longstaff is still finishing a three-match suspension. In terms of injuries, captain Jamaal Lascelles is out with a knee injury until the new year. Fabian Schar may need to come into the side despite just coming back from an injury.
07 May 2016 – Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle United
24 Sep 2016 – Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle United
20 Feb 2017 – Newcastle United 2-0 Aston Villa
*odds as of November 22nd at 15:39 GMT and subject to change
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