Aston Villa vs Newcastle Preview Jan. 29th

by Punter's Hero on January 29, 2013

in Football, Latest News

Two of the English Premier League’s struggling teams will kick off against each other at Villa Park on Tues. Jan. 29 when Aston Villa hosts Newcastle United. Newcastle sits in 16th place in the league table with five wins, six draws and 12 losses for 21 points. Aston Villa sits right below them in 17th spot with four victories, eight draws and 11 defeats for 20 points. Both teams sit just above the relegation zone with Newcastle just two points ahead of it and Villa one point above it.

Sportsbook has the latest odds of an Aston Villa win at 7/4 with a Newcastle victory also at 7/4and a draw at 2/1.

This is a crucial match for both clubs if they hope to stay in the Premier League next season. Aston Villa has suffered some humiliating defeats this season in the league, FA Cup, and League Cup and has been knocked out of both domestic cups by lower division teams. Manager Paul Lambert doesn’t seem to have much of a clue how to use his best players such as Darren Bent and the team is paying dearly for it.

Villa hasn’t won in their past six games and they’ll be facing a tougher Newcastle squad on Tuesday as manager Alan Pardew has bought several players in the current transfer window, the majority of them coming from France. The team was also weakened during the window though as striker and leading scorer Demba Ba left the northeast for the bright lights of London and ended up with Chelsea. They were hoping to sign striker Loic Remy as a replacement for Ba, but he signed with Queens Park Rangers.

It’s unclear which new players will be in the lineup for Pardew’s team, but Moussa Sissoko, who was transferred from Toulouse, could be one of them. Other players who were bought during the transfer window include defenders Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa as well as forward Yoan Gouffran. There are a few injuries to deal with though as defender Danny Simpson is out of action as is Hatem Ben Arfa and Ryan Taylor. The good news for Pardew is that it looks like midfielder Yohan Cabaye has recovered from his groin injury and striker Papiss Cisse is healthy.

Villa will be without midfielder Fabian Delph as he’s suffering from an ankle problem. However, defender Richard Dunne might be back in the squad after missing several weeks due to a groin injury. Another possible returnee to the side is Nathan Baker as the defender has been sidelined recently with a hamstring injury.

Villa’s defence is the worst in the league with 44 goals against and they’ve scored just 19 goals. Newcastle has 28 goals for, but has let 41 against. If Newcastle can’t take advantage of a poor team such as Villa then things don’t look too good for them for the rest of the season. With new players in the squad and playing against a team below them in the standings they should be able to do enough to edge out a win here.

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