The Magpies are in free-fall.
Big Stevie Bruce is struggling to keep the vocal Geordie faithful on his side, with dire performances following each other into 2021.
Newcastle are winless in over a month, and if it wasn’t for Frank Lampard’s shortcomings Bruce would be the prime candidate for an early chop.
On the other hand, things look pretty rosy for Aston Villa.
The Villains have a few games in hand and are in shooting distance from the top six.
Check out our top Odds Picks for Saturday’s match including a teasing 11/4 long shot.
|Fixture||Aston Villa v Newcastle United|
|Date||Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 20:00|
|Where||Villa Park, Birmingham|
|How to Watch||Live on Sky Sports|
Our Top Odds Pick – Under 2.5 goals – 5/4 at BetVictor
Aston Villa have become renowned for their surprisingly stubborn defence this season, with goalkeeper Emi Martinez proving one of the signings of the summer.
Newcastle have scored just once in their last six outings and look in desperate trouble of plummeting into a relegation scrap.
Callum Wilson looks their only hope of finding the net at the moment, but the Magpies will struggle to create chances against this robust Villa back-line.
Our Long Shot – Ross Barkley to score – 11/4 at bet365
Ross Barkley made his long-awaited return from injury in midweek and the Chelsea loanee will be expected to start at Villa Park on Saturday.
The midfielder hit the ground running in claret at the start of the campaign and will look to crack on where he left off before a pesky hamstring injury.
Villa will expect to have plenty of the ball on Saturday and Barkley enjoys a pot shot from range.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.