Aston Villa v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

Villans v Magpies
Villans v Magpies
Premier League football returns this weekend as Newcastle visit Aston Villa following on from an early season international break.

It’s a welcome return to football after another disappointing transfer which us add just one senior player on a temporary basis although we did retain the services of Yohan Cabaye who in the end didn’t move anywhere.

Good or bad or whatever your view on the transfer window in general, I’m glad it’s gone. We can at least concentrate on football now with little uncertainty until January rolls around. We know what we have to use at our disposal and, like it or not, that now can’t be changed until the New Year and the whole destabilising affair can start again.

Aston Villa:

Paul Lambert will be without former Magpies Charles N’Zogbia and Stephen Ireland for the visit of Newcastle. N’Zogbia is out after having surgery on an Achilles injury over the summer whilst Ireland has joined Stoke on loan.

Lambert may also opt to give a debut to Libor Kozak. The 6ft 4in tall Czech striker, who signed on deadline day from Lazio for a fee of Β£7m, top scored in the Europa League last season scoring 8 goals in the competition.

Newcastle:

It’s better news for United who have a host of names available once more. Steven Taylor has completed his three match game following his red card at Manchester City in our opening game of the season and is available for selection. Cheik Tiote played an hour for Ivory Coast on Saturday so I’d say it’s safe to assume that he is fit to return whilst Jonas Gutierrez and Mike Williamson will also come back into contention for a place in the matchday squad.

Yohan Cabaye is also likely to come back into the side having impressed with his attitude during the international break whilst Loic Remy should be fit enough to start the game after having an extra couple of weeks to work on his fitness.

Previously…

United took four points off of Villa last season, drawing at St James’ Park and winning 2-1 at Villa Park. A similar result this time around will be most welcome indeed.

Overall United shade the head-to-head having won 65 of the 150 meetings between the two sides. Villa have won on 52 occasions with the other 33 matches ending in a draw.

Stats and facts…

Villa have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 25 Premier League games.

In the last match against Fulham, United managed 25 shots at goal – the joint-most of any team in a single game this term.

Villa have proved to be more clinical than Newcastle so far this term. The Villans have scored four from eleven shots on target compared to United’s one goal from ten attempts on target.

Final thought…

There is a perception that Villa have “turned a corner” this season whilst we are in turmoil, but a quick look at the table will show that we are still one point ahead of them. Of course it’s also worth noting that Villa have played three of the bigger teams (two away from home) so they haven’t had the easiest start to the season in terms of fixtures.

We have what I believe to be our best side available along with string options from the bench if needed and this is a game we can win if we play to our potential. That is my issue though as I don’t think we will…

Howay the lads!

Date: Saturday, 14th September, 2013

Time: 3pm

Venue: Villa Park

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113 thoughts on “Aston Villa v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

  1. I am not expecting anything. A decent performance would be good. Yes, I believe it is a game we can win. It has the potential to be a marker for the first third of the season. A good win and we can see the potential of this team. An embarrassing loss and the doom and gloom merchants will have a field day.

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  2. Come on lads lets get real Villa are playing brilliant at the moment, they stuffed the Gunners in their own back yard, should have won against Chelsea and were unlucky against Liverpool…I can’t see anything coming from this game apart from a few bruises.

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  3. I have absolutely no clue with this one until I see what Pardew is sending out there to be honest. I know what I hope he does but what I think he’ll do is very different unfortunately.
    Lambert said recently that Benteke needs a rest – there’s no time like tomorrow IMO.

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  4. Aston Villa have played well recently but if Alan trys to park the bus then it’s going to be a Villa win. We had our luck last time

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  5. β€œThey all expected a marquee signing, although I have to say a marquee signing would have taken us into our overdraft facility.” β€œThat was something we really didn’t want to do, although there were two or three bids that went in that would have definitely put us in that.”
    Some more ******* from Pardew. We couldn’t borrow money against the TV money coming in yet every other club spent more than us in summer. Does he never get tired of throwing around the brown stuff? Stop making excuses for Ashley Pardew. He’s pathetic and you keep whinging away to no purpose.

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  6. It certainly looks like it Tony @13. He keeps defending Ashley’s lack of commitment to the club. It’s a losing game for me. Focus on the football Alan. You seem to have enough problems picking the right team and organizing some actual tactics.

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  7. Don’t blame you for being bored ice mate. I have to admit it’s been hard to come on and participate. Still I’m hoping to see some decent football against Villa. They will have a plan for us I’m sure. They are organized and have a decent attack and defense. I would love to have a player like Benteke at the club.

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  8. G2 aye although its villa it was nice to see Benteke sign a new contract when so many big clubs wanted him,Cabaye should take note,on the game pardew has only won 10% of games away from home in two seasons doesnt bode well does it mate πŸ™

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  9. No it’s not a good sign ice. I didn’t realize his record was that poor away from home mate. Shocking really. The early part of the season is a huge test for Pardew. He knows it I’m sure. The regime is clearly taking note of the unrest. A series of poor performances with a fit squad should see Pardew gone. But then what? I hope it doesn’t just get worse as our owner has no clue.

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  10. I would still like to see the following even away from home;
    Krul
    Debuchy Mbiwa Colo Santon
    Cabaye Sissoko Anita
    Ben Arfa
    Cisse Remy
    4-3-1-2 with lots of pace and passing. Sissoko’s height in the middle. If Anita tires, replace him with Marveaux. If Cisse looks lost replace with Gouffran.

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  11. Pardew is such a creep. Alway’s sucking up to Ashley and Kinnear so he can keep his job. Alway’s defending there bad decisions and lack of ambition. He really is a two faced creep

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  12. It’s been a frustrating time at the club. Nobody should be happy about it including the three stooges. No more meetings on the yacht losers. If you want a pissup do it somewhere more discrete but I think we would rather have all 3 of you spend the time on club business. You do remember you run Prem club don’t you?

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  13. Thanks Toonsy , expecting a thumping from Villa tbh ,but should Pards attack a bit more may snatch a draw . 3.1 to Villa πŸ™

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  14. Good preview Toonsy πŸ˜‰
    TGS are you only catching on now that he is part of the Regime πŸ˜€ thats why we have him Jabba wouldnt trust anyone else because they would want a say in how they do things.
    But for me he is the best option as JFK is a total muppet and the only other option.

    I think we will get atleast a point and if we play our best 11 we could get all 3 πŸ˜‰

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  15. we couldnt borrow a bean from the 60mil + due in Jan??

    wow.. are times really that bad? a bloke worth over 2billion can’t take a hit for 10mill for a few months.. now thats what I call ambition πŸ™„

    Does Pardew actually believe his own craic? Overdraft? we’re talking about a club that has spent 6mil total on players in 2.5yrs… yet we can’t borrow from the 60mil plus due.. πŸ˜†

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  16. The ******* is breath taking for me. Pardew is the only manager who comes out and talks about club finances as if we’re the poor relations of the league. Could it get more embarrassing? 😳

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  17. If we start with the eleven who finished the game at Fulham we have a very good chance of a result. Actually I go with Geordie and would start with Anita in place of Goofy but I would bring Goofy on for his pace later. Somehow, think Pardew is more likely to find a place for Shola, Tiote and Jonas (is he fit?) not that that would prevent Pardew selecting him.

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  18. we should employ Betty the tea lady to stand behind Pards in interviews and as soon as he opens his mouth, she hits him in the lips with a fat kipper.. that should do the trick πŸ˜†

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  19. We have the Sports Direct model of football ownership. Ashley’s net worth has sky rocketed yet we are run like a second hand bargain bin. The man has no pride in ownership. Off to Scotland with you Ashley. An ownership model in which the city takes part and shares ownership with several big local businessmen would be the best. The board should reflect the values of the city and the supporters as well. Honest ownership not Shepard style ownership with leaders who value the club as the beating heart of the city.

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  20. @GeordieTwo

    stop whining man. U need to embrace the financially-sound model of premier league football. In 8 years time when all clubs are jealous of our break-even mentality they too will be clambering for a 10th spot finish.. We need to be even more prudent in the future to make sure we make that 10th spot our own πŸ˜†

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  21. Sorry Mark mate. I can’t help whining. Even though we have the best run football club in the world now (I’m just going to have a quick look at the trophy cabinet) I expect more. For example I would like us to finish higher up the table than 16th. Tenth sounds so far away mate. Yet some believe we’re going to finish in the top 8 this season. It will truly be a miracle. The first season ever when a team completed all it’s games without a single serious injury to it’s top 6 players.

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  22. Was hoping for a win but the thought of Troy’s arse in Fenwick,s window has made me change my mind. Is it Xmas already?

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  23. G2 at least we won the intertoto cup that’s got to be something mate. I don’t know how long it will be until we win another trophy. Team’s are getting better every year and Ashley knows this. He isn’t stupid like everyone thinks. You don’t get 3 billion pounds and a club worth 263 million for being stupid. He bought the club for a quick sale but it back fired on him. I know he wants his money back but no one wants the club for what he wants.

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  24. I think we will win tomorrow, but Its getting to the point where I wonder if I really give a **** anymore.
    So sick of the absolute tripe that emanates from Pardums mouth.
    Since when has any fan really given a hoot about the clubs finances ffs πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ
    I really wish he would shut his mouth and concentrate on the performance on the pitch for a change. Maybe even dream up a game plan, for a change.
    I think the lads will battle through for a win, but no thanks to Pardoom and his cretinous coaches.
    Toon Toon.

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  25. Dear Pardoom.
    when 50 thousand fans are paying over Β£500 for a season ticket, or whatever, we don’t want to hear you keep telling us how poor we are.
    Do the maths you stupid ignorant ****ney suck-up slime ball.
    I’ve never heard any other so called manager bleating to the press and media how badly off his club is financially.
    Total and utter bull****.
    Grow a pair of ******* ffs

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  26. BEARDSLEY BOOTS I’m starting to feel like I don’t give a **** anymore about Newcastle.
    1. Pardew’s bull****
    2. An owner that doesn’t care or have ambition
    3. Kinnear
    4. Wonga
    5. 130 million pound debt
    I hope we win or at least get a point but it wont be easy for Pardew and the team. Just hope for the best but Villa will probably win the way they have played lately.

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  27. BB you only have to look on here to see that a lot of our fans do give a hoot about Jabba,s money, but I dont know of any other teams fans that are the same 😯

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  28. Dave ,totally agree mate ,it borders on obsession at times .It really isn’t healthy to be so wrapped up in another ‘s finances πŸ™„ . I’m all for us getting a good deal but the idea we are too skint to buy a striker without selling is preposterous and I simply don’t believe it , though I’m sure I will be given a full financial breakdown as to why we can’t /shouldn’t spend from someone πŸ™

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  29. Kim TBH I really dont give a **** about the money side of things i’m a football fan so all I want is to see a healthy football team on the pitch.
    I know I dont need to worry about Jabba’s money as there is no way he will leave himself short, but it doesn’t seem to stop a lot of our fans worrying about his finances.

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  30. Well I for one am glad we ‘failed’ to sell Cabaye, because we all know who would have been the biggest beneficiary πŸ‘Ώ
    It will be very interesting to see how Pardum performs between now and xmas. But the fool has nowhere to hide anymore. No more excuses will be acceptable. If (when) we get ravaged with injuries again, it will be on his own shoulders for being a total whimp. And a crap manager to boot.

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  31. Big Dave – I don’t give a **** about the finances either, but if I am paying for a season tkt, I wamt some return on my outlay.
    The fat ******* has even robbed us of any entertainment on the pitch.
    Having worked hard all week, I used to look forwards to the weekends matches.
    Not anymore tho. Whats the point. πŸ‘Ώ

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  32. BB well he has no excuses now, but I dont think that will stop him making them up, I just wonder will we hear him saying that not buying any players this summer was a mistake.

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  33. Ooops, sorry. [backs out slowly] Didn’t realise it was the vampire shift [shudders] I’ll be off, then [goes to have some breakfast].

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  34. so it sounds like we were making bids for players just in-case we sold Cabaye..& when Arsenal didnt bid we just bailed-out as usual. So did we back out of Gomis deal by offering him less money knowing he’d opt to stay at OL?

    shifty..

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  35. Wow, the self pity crew were out in force last night… boo hoo hoo πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜†
    Big Dave, please show me where i have stated i care about Jabbas money? πŸ˜‰
    On the contrary, i am not fixated on his money at all.. not like the fizzy wizzy, huff and puff crowd..
    Does any of this sound familiar….
    “Boo hoo, where is our money for the sports direct advertising”. “Boo Hoo, where is the Wonga money, we should have stayed with Virgin” “Boo hoo, where is the 20m Ashley said he would put in each season”
    Now please tell me who is worried about Jabbas money! 😯 πŸ˜†

    FTSOTB! πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  36. Wow, not much confidence on here. I have a good feeling about this one but I know Villa are better than last season. Our lot sometimes play better after a good break and the second half against Fulham was encouraging. I’m going for a draw and a decent game.

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  37. I believe Remy, HBA etc. will get chances on the counter against them and I’m not convinced they have the best defenders in the league, I think we will concede at some point but the question will be – can we start scoring. This is it for Pardew & Carver, can they get the players in an effective system?

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  38. Cheeses wept! I go away for a few hours and Aussie gans into a full blown hizzy fizzy or is it a fuzzy wuzzy or maybe an Uzzy wuzzy. πŸ˜›

    Never in the history of blogs (NITHOB) have I heard so much unfounded confidence. πŸ˜‰

    We got knocked from pillar to post January onwards with the squad we have virtually now.

    This Remy has a lot of expectation landed on his shoulders cos it looks like he’s expected to turn the squad round from being **** to great. 😯

    Oh dear. Dear me. πŸ™„

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  39. I am expecting us to field what is in my opinion our strongest 11 today.

    Krul
    Debuchy
    M’Biwa
    Colo
    Santon
    Tiote
    Sissoko
    Cabaye
    Ben Arfa
    Remy
    Cisse

    Subs:
    Taylor
    Dummet
    Anita
    Jonas
    Marveaux
    Gouffran
    Ameobi

    Now in a 4-3-3 that looks like a really dangerous team….Wouldnt be surprised to see the same line up in a 4-4-2 though with Sissoko out wide with Pardews logic!

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  40. The bloke in charge of coaching our great football club would do himself a world of good if he just kept his mouth shut about the supposed financial limitations which are on the club.
    He should concentrate on informing the fans on footballing matters, and not blowing so much smoke out of his arse. In this respect he really can take a leaf out of the fat controllers book and just keep schtum.

    There again, he needs all the ammunition he can get to deflect our attention from his coaching and tactical limitations.

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  41. Hopefully we get a real top notch high tempo game today, though I fear our defensive capabilities will be severely tested. 100% commitment is a minimum, we can’t afford to carry any-one. Cabaye take note…

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  42. @prem

    I was think Saylor could be reserve keeper πŸ˜†

    Who do you leave off the bench then? I’d probably leave out Dummet but its tough on the lad.

    Subs:
    Elliott GK
    Anita RB, LB, DM, CM
    Saylor CB
    Jonas DM LM RM
    Marveaux AM, LW, RW
    Gouffran ST, LW, RW
    Shola CF, ST

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  43. whys peeps think remys ganna start with about 15 mins of footie under his belt will be amazed if he dos 😯

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  44. TAE ,agree think he’ll be an impact sub away from home with the view to play him longer or the full 90 v Hull next week at home.

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