If Newcastle’s interim manager, John Carver is hoping to be given the permanent role at St. James’ Park, then he must turn around the clubs fortunes rapidly.
The Magpies have only won one match in their last eight games and were humiliated 5-0 by Manchester City last Sunday at The Eitihad.
Aston Villa on the other hand suffered a last minute2-1 defeat at home to Stoke last time out, with the newly appointed Tim Sherwood, suffering his first loss in charge of Villa.
The two sides played out a goalless draw at Villa Park in August, and since then things have changed for both teams.
It’s a massive game for both this weekend, but one must feel that its Villa who will need the three points more than their Tyneside opposition as they continue to battle for survival.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Aston Villa 0 Newcastle 0 Premier League, August 2014
Newcastle 1 (Remy) Aston Villa 0 Premier League, February 2014
Aston Villa 1 (Benteke) Newcastle 2 (Ben Afra, Goufrran)
Aston Villa’s last victory over Newcastle at St. James Park came in the 2005/2005 season where they won 3-0.
Aston Villa have lost all six of their last Premier League games and are 20th in the Premier League form guide table.
Newcastle’s last league victory came 3-0 away at Hull at the end of January.
Newcastle United to win: 1.95
Aston Villa to win: 4.75
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