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Newcastle to win 2-1 against Aston Villa- 17/2!


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Newcastle United vs Aston Villa

August 12, 2023

5:30 pm GMT+1

Newcastle United vs Aston Villa match preview

Both of these teams ended their long exiles from European competition last season, meaning both fanbases come into this new campaign with sky-high optimism.

Newcastle United secured their first top four finish for 20 years meaning, after two decades away, the Champions League will be returning to Tyneside next month.

The Magpies are almost certainly going to be in pot 4 when the draw takes place on 31 August, so will be welcoming some of Europe’s juggernauts to the North East.

This is of course exciting for Eddie Howe’s team, but will present different challenges, as they aim to juggle both domestic and continental commitments.

Since Howe’s arrival in November 2021, Newcastle have lost just four of 33 Premier League home games, so will fancy their chances of an opening weekend win in this Saturday evening clash.

Aston Villa meantime will also be returning to UEFA competition after 13 years away later this month.

When Unai Emery took over on 1 November, the Villans were hovering just above the relegation zone, but their sensational post-World Cup form saw them surge up to seventh.

Thus, the Claret and Blue Army will enter the Europa Conference League at the play-off round, facing either FC Luzern of Hibernian on 24 and 31 August.

Given that Emery has reached five Europa League Finals in his managerial career, winning four of them, Villa have to be one of the favourites to be lift that trophy in Athens on 29 May next year.

Ahead of the new season, Aston Villa are looking very strong, so are targeting a first victory at St James’ Park since 2005, having lost nine of 15 visits subsequently.

Their last victory on Tyneside if famous for being the game in which Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer were sent off for fighting each other, with the hosts ending that game down to eight-men.

This streak is likely to continue, with Newcastle confident of making home advantage count.

Newcastle United team news

Newcastle have spent close to £130 million this summer, brining in right-back Tino Livramento from Southampton, winger Harvey Barnes from Leicester and midfielder Sandro Tonali from A.C. Milan.

Barnes and Tonali will almost certainly make their debuts here, while Livramento will need to be eased back into action, having missed a year of action due to ACL injury, before featuring twice back in May.

Eddie Howe experimented with starting both Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak together towards the end of last season, so can the two centre-forwards click and form a partnership?

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Pope, Trippier, Schär, Botman, Burn; Guimarães, Tonali, Joelinton; Almirón, Isak, Barnes.

Aston Villa team news

Aston Villa too could have three debutants, namely centre-back Pau Torres, midfielder Youri Tielemans and winger Moussa Diaby.

Diego Carlos, who arrived 12 months ago, made just three appearances all season, after rupturing his ACL last August, hoping to be a key performer this time round.

It was confirmed on Thursday that Emi Buendía had suffered a serious injury of his own, which is a big blow.

Ollie Watkins was on fire last season, scoring 16 goals, and he’ll have to remain at this level if Villa are going to continue to challenge towards the top of the table.

Predicted XI: (4-3-3): Martínez; Cash, Carlos, Torres, Moreno; Douglas Luiz, Kamara, Tielemans; Diaby, Watkins, Ramsey.

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