The last Saturday evening game of the Premier League before Christmas will see Newcastle United play host to Aston Villa in St James Park in what is a relegation six pointer. Aston Villa are really in dange of being cut off from the safety zone if they lose again. Villa only have six points from sixteen games, and if they continue on their current rate they will be relegated before the end of February. Aston Villa are a massive club and this will be a huge set back for them. But no money was spent in the off season replacing Christian Benteke while Gestede and Ayew would have been good compliments to the big Belgian center forward they did not replace him and the lack of goals and attacking threat has been killing Aston Villa this season. Having scored just thirteen and conceded thirty they are the worst offence and second worst defence in the Premier League. Villa play three of their fellow relegation battlers in their next four games and if they dont take at least seven points from those four games they will be relegated in my opinion it must start on Saturday in St James Park but will Aston Villa be good enough to handle a rejuvenated Newcastle United side?
Newcastle come into this game off the back of a game where they robbed Tottenham in the last five minutes. Newcastle have alot of decent players withing their squad though and it wont be a surprise if Steve Mclaren and co turn things around and move back up into the top half of the table. With Perez, Cissokho, Cisse and Mitrovic there are players who can score goals in this side and Perez was excellent when introduced last weekend and will surely start here on Saturday against one of the worst defences in the league. While Tottenham held possession last week this game will be completely different tactically as Newcastle will control large portions of the possession and will need to break down a Villa team that will more than likely pack the midfield and hit Newcastle on the counter attack.
Newcastle though have the ball players in midfield to control possession and the Maurading runs of Cissokho down the wings will be a key componenet of how Newcastle will try to break Aston Villa down. I have to say I didnt see this sort of season coming from Aston Villa before they sold Benteke but I was worried about where the goals were going to come from when he left for Liverpool. I'm going to take Newcastle to get a much needed win here and to put Aston Villa in crisis mode coming up to the January window.