Newcastle v Aston Villa
Live on BT Sport 1
Bruce faces check to preserve Newcastle in prime flight
It appears a disaster is by no means distant from Newcastle United and Steve Bruce has been combating an uphill battle all season. The membership’s followers have grown more and more annoyed at the limitations of this group and the lack of attacking verve. Newcastle have been strong sufficient throughout the opening months, however their present kind is poor and the facet are just one level and two locations above the Premier League relegation zone.
Two victories since the center of December is a worrying return and the enchancment from Fulham has seen their benefit over the backside three step by step erode. The Magpies have failed to win any of their final 4 matches and are available into this recreation off the again of successive attracts. Jamaal Lascelles scored in the 1-1 draw at dwelling to Wolves earlier than Newcastle have been relieved to maintain out for a dire goalless stalemate at Nineteenth-placed West Brom on Sunday.
Grealish’s return wanted to carry Villa
Aston Villa have been one in all the largest improvers this season, with a group that solely simply fended off relegation creating right into a facet persistently inside the prime ten all through this marketing campaign. Ninth-placed Villa have been impressively managed by Dean Smith and he deserves loads of credit score even his group look likely to miss out on a European spot.
Villa’s captain Jack Grealish has been their inspiration and it is no coincidence their outcomes have dipped throughout the midfielder’s latest absence due to a leg harm. Grealish has missed the final 4 video games with Villa solely claiming one win throughout this run. Villa misplaced 1-0 at backside facet Sheffield United of their final away match and failed to sparkle in a dour 0-0 draw at dwelling to Wolves final weekend.
The guests Aston Villa are 2.0811/10 favourites and this might look massive if Grealish is match to return. He is shut to making a comeback however, such is his significance, it may very well be value holding hearth for group information. Villa defeated Newcastle 2-0 in January and are clearly the higher group. But Villa have solely received one in all their final 5 matches and should not heading into this fixture with the confidence and momentum from earlier in the marketing campaign.
Newcastle are 3.9 outsiders for this recreation however there is no real interest in siding with the hosts.
A report of two wins from their final 16 league matches says all of it and a haul of eight factors in 2021 is the second worst in the competitors.
The draw is obtainable at 3.65 and is a extra interesting choice than backing Newcastle. The hosts have drawn their final two video games and final season’s assembly at St James’ Park ended degree. Only 4 of Villa’s video games have led to a draw this season although and the guests definitely look the extra likely winners.
Newcastle have solely managed 27 targets in as many league video games and the Magpies come up in opposition to an Aston Villa group with the third finest defensive report in the division. This definitely factors in the direction of a comparatively low-scoring recreation and is backed up by earlier conferences. The final ten clashes between Newcastle and Aston Villa have all produced beneath three targets.
Five of Villa’s final six video games have resulted in not more than two targets whereas three of Newcastle’s final 4 matches have additionally seen beneath 2.5 targets. The hosts’ attacking limitations, which have been elevated by the accidents to Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin, are likely to contribute to one other recreation missing an finish product. Backing beneath 2.5 targets stands out and is a assured choice at 1.814/5.
Only Manchester City have saved extra Premier League clear sheets than Aston Villa this season (14). Eight of these shutouts for the Villans have been away from dwelling, greater than another facet. Villa are 7/5 to preserve one other clear sheet.
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