Newcastle United’s most emphatic win of last season was not the 5-1 drubbing of Sunderland but actually a 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa in August which saw Joey Barton, Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan play starring roles as part of a fantastic team performance.
That particular trio are no longer with the club as Alan Pardew looks to rebuild the Magpies this season and they have enjoyed a bright start thanks to three victories and a draw from their opening four games. However, they were fortunate to get a point at Loftus Road on Monday and a draw might be the best option in this game at 5/2 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets).
After all, Aston Villa are not in the winning habit but remain unbeaten after matches against Fulham, Blackburn, Wolves and Everton. It has been a pretty accommodating set of fixtures for Alex McLeish’s side and the manager will want to get some points on the board before the Midlands team start facing members of the top six.
Ladbrokes (£50 – free betting) offer even money that the home side claim victory and it appears they will be missing Emile Heskey which could see the formation revert to 4-4-2. Darren Bent continues to be the most dangerous threat for Villa, although Newcastle have managed three clean sheets so far and know the secret to a fourth is by keeping the England forward quiet.