Newcastle vs Aston Villa Prediction & Tips
Newcastle United have only achieved two victories in their last 16 Premier League (PL) matches (W2, E4, P10) and are one point ahead of Fulham, a team that occupy the 18th position, albeit with one match. less. Despite suffering an unexpected streak of injuries in attack, the “Magpies” must somehow improve on their poor average of exactly one goal per game in the league this season.
This is especially necessary at home, where Newcastle have not kept a clean sheet in five league games (W1, W1, P3) – they have conceded 1.8 goals per game in that span. Scoring first could help as Newcastle have had good results when that happens (G4, E1, P2).
Aston Villa, who are still struggling to qualify for a European competition, have kept their goal unbeaten 14 times this season, a figure only surpassed by Manchester City, after their draw against Wolves (6 March). This match can be just as disputed as those “Midlands derbies”, as each of the last 10 matches between these two teams in the PL have ended with less than 2.5 goals in total (G2, E5, P3).
Furthermore, each of Villa’s last four away games have recorded fewer than 1.5 goals and none of them had goals after the break, further highlighting the expectation of a low goal result. Goals aside, another interesting fact for Villa is the fact that they have yet to win any PL away games on a Friday (E1, P2).
Players to watch: Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden could find many ways to attract attention – he has been booked in the first half in two of his last three league games. Villa, who want to win a league game here for the first time since 2005, urgently need Ollie Watkins to end his five-game scoreless streak. He has scored three of his last four goals in PL during the first 15 minutes of play.
Highlight: Villa coach Dean Smith is undefeated in his last eight meetings against his counterpart Steve Bruce (W5, E3).
Newcastle – Aston Villa FREE TIPS
Newcastle – Win @ 3.25
Both teams to score / YES @ 1.80
Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.90