Newcastle United vs Aston Villa 02/23/2014 Free English Premier League Soccer Pick and Preview
Newcastle United (11-4-11) Aston Villa (7-7-12)
Sunday 23rd February 2014 13:30(GMT)
The Line: Newcastle United 11/10 Draw 23/10 Aston Villa 11/4 See the Latest Odds
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Before February Newcastle were flying, Alan Pardew's men had sights set on a fight for Champions League football but having lost three from three this month they are heading in the wrong direction. This could be due in part to the sale of Johan Cabaye which seems to have derailed Newcastle's midfield, in addition to the sale of Cabaye though Loic Remy was sent off and suspended for three games all three of which they've lost. St James Park had been something of a fortress early in the season where the team only lost one game before Christmas but since Christmas they have lost five in a row conceding seven in the last two games.
Aston Villa have been a little jekyl and hyde of late but their performances have been better than their results. In both the losses to West Ham and Everton Villa probably deserved more from the games. Christian Benteke has been back to his best causing defences all sorts of hassle and with Agbonlahor and Weimann producing consistant performance I think Villa will win alot more games from here till the end of the season. Paul Lambert will be loking for his team to continue to improve and move away from the relegation zone as things are awfully tight down there and a couple of losses in a row could leave Villa in the depths of a relegation battle.
Really difficult game to handicap this one as Newcastle have been abysmal of late but the return of Loic Remy will improve the team's performances no doubt. I think we could see a better game than is expected here and I think that there will be some goals in this one. With Benteke, Remy, Agbonlahor there is enough attacking talent to cause both defences problems. Take the overs and follow me on twitter@antonpippo