Newcastle United v Aston Villa latest odds, news and free bets

Andy Carroll might have received plenty of criticism since his £35 million move to Liverpool a year ago, although the striker was the hat-trick hero when these teams met at St James’ Park last season

Carroll’s three-timer helped Newcastle to an amazing 6-0 win against the Villans, something which paved the way for the Magpies’ survival in the Premier League although it wasn’t enough for Chris Hughton to keep hold of his job at St James’ Park.

Not that the Toon Army are complaining about Alan Pardew anymore and Newcastle are in the top five of the Premier League following a 2-0 win at Blackburn on Wednesday which was slightly fortunate but demonstrated the team spirit that currently exists at the club.

United are 11/10 (Bet Fred – £50 free bets) to win Sunday’s game and they will be boosted by the return of Demba Ba, whose unsucessful African Nations Cup campaign with Senegal means he is back to try and secure a European adventure for the Tyneside club next season.

Ba is unsurprisingly the 5/1 favourite (bet365 bookmaker) to score the first goal of the match, while his compatriot Papiss Cisse has also been captured by Pardew and we might catch a first glimpse of a player thought to be equally as powerful and adept in front of goal.

Aston Villa are having a frustrating season, summed up by Wednesday’s game against QPR where they went 2-0 down before scrapping their way back to draw 2-2. Alex McLeish’s side are actually better on the road than at home this term and Ladbrokes quote 11/4 about the visitors stealing Newcastle’s thunder.

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