It is for good reason that Aston Villa are sitting rock bottom of the Premier League after two games. Quite simply, Paul Lambert’s (pictured) side have not been good enough. Going into tomorrow’s game away to Newcastle (Sunday, 4pm), it’s difficult to see how Villa are going to pick up three much-needed points.
It seems that the days of spending big money on players are gone for Villa, at least that’s how the future is projected. Lambert has a young team at his disposal, but there are questions as to what they can do and how far they can go in the Premier League.
Aston Villa were convincingly beaten last weekend at home by a very good Everton side, and it was against a team who have shown a great deal of quality both on the pitch and in the transfer market.
One of the big disappointments for Villa has been the form of Shay Given. He really doesn’t look the same sort of player that left Manchester City not too long ago.
Villa would have been lifted slightly by their midweek win against Tranmere in the Capital One Cup, with Darren Bent finding his way onto the score sheet.
With the trouble Villa have had over the best part of the last year, they really need to find their way back among the goals. Darren Bent’s return from his lengthy injury will hopefully set that right for Lambert’s side moving forward.
Joe Bennett, who arrived from Middlesbrough during the transfer window, has been included in Paul Lambert’s travelling squad to the Sports Direct Arena.
Newcastle, meanwhile, are still capable of upsetting any side at home and won’t let last weekend’s defeat away to Chelsea put them off too much.
Alan Pardew will be able to recall a good number of his first team players following the club’s win over Atromitos in the Europa League during the week, and the attacking combination of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are always dangerous.
The big injury news from the weekend is that Ryan Taylor is out for a lengthy period of time after picking up a knee ligament injury in midweek. Fortunately, Davide Santon is capable of filling in at either full-back position.
Cheick Tiote should be back partnering Yohan Cabaye in the midfield. Tiote missed out on last week’s loss to Chelsea. While Hatem Ben Arfa will also be in the line-up and hoping to add to his one Premier League goal this season.
Newcastle v Villa Betting Tips Verdict
- I struggle to see anything other than a Newcastle home win, and the bookies are clearly favouring Alan Pardew’s side as well. If you want to bet the odds-on then take the best-priced 4/6 with Bet365 & BetVictor.
- Hatem Ben Arfa (11/4 William Hill) and Darren Bent (also best at 11/4 with William Hill) both look good bets to score at anytime for their respective teams.