Both have descended in the last season, both go separate ways in the current season. While they have a very good chance of jumping back into the Premier League, the others have to get a few points in order to secure the class salary at all. The talk is of Newcastle United and Aston Villa, which meet on Monday as part of the 33rd matchday of the English Championship.
The bitter descent from Newcastle last season is almost forgotten. Because the club is in the best way to limit the absence from the Premier League to the shortest duration of one year. Before this matchday, the Magpies were in first place. But since Brighton & Hove Albion has won his game, Newcastle is currently in second place and is now a prosecutor. A second place in the final account is also still worth gold, since this also justifies the direct ascent to the English upper house. The Playoff places are only starting in third place, and Newcastle has a five-point lead over this third place. The season is still long at fifteen matches and therefore the Magpies can not rest on this third place. On the contrary: with a threesome on Monday, Newcastle wants to go back to the table top. Despite a not bad 10-1-4 homecoming, Newcastle is only in seventh place in the home table. Three of the last four home games in the Championship have won the team, and there was another draw. Overall, Newcastle have been unbeaten for six league games, winning four wins and two draws. The club lost only one of their last nine competitive games, which was a bit surprising in the FA Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win over third-placed Oxford United. With a goal ratio of 60:25, Newcastle is the best attack in the championship as well as the best defense.
Aston Villa have been knocked out of the Premier League last season. In the end the Villans had only seventeen (!) Points after 38 games in the account. The penultimate Norwich City has twice as many as 34 points. This season, the club wanted to return directly to the Premier League, but currently Aston Villa has to look down and watch out for the second consecutive descent. Because the club currently stands only on rank seventeen and has just six points over the first descent place. The table is currently not quite as easy to evaluate as the clubs in the basement have partially completed 31, 32 or 33 games. The fact is, one or two games more or less – with between fifteen and thirteen games, which the teams still have to complete, are six points ahead quickly exhausted. Lastly, Aston Villa lost four games in the championship in a row. Even if you look only at the away games, you realize that Villa in the foreigner lost his last four games and just scored a goal. With just eight (!) Away goals in sixteen away matches, Aston Villa puts the most harmless offensive of all 24 championship clubs on the opponent’s place. Overall the club has a 2-5-9 away balance sheet. With a total of only eight wins in 31 Ligas games, Aston Villa has the fourth-most – with twelve draws the most draws.
Prediction: Both teams to score / YES