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Aston Villa vs Newcastle United 08/23/2014 Free English Premier League Pick and Preview

Aston Villa (1-0-0) Newcastle United (0-0-1)

Saturday 23rd August 2014 12:45(GMT)

The Line: Aston Villa 6/4 Draw 23/10 Newcastle United 15/8 See the Latest Odds

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A good start to the season by Aston Villa as they won at Stoke a tough game under any circumstances. Paul Lambert has assembled a good squad with solid players and done it quietly the additions of Richardson, Cissoko and Sanchez have added to a squad that had lacked depth. While Villa will not challenge for a title they should avoid a relegation battle and the return of Christian Benteke will be a huge addition when it happens during the season. Until then the goals will need to come from Weimann and Agbonlahor.

While Villa had a great an unexpected win on the opening day Newcastle suffered a predictable 2-0 loss to the Champions but played well on the day. Riviere looks a good addition to Alan pardews side and while it is too early to judge I think he will score goals for the magpies. With a team lacking depth up front there will be alot of pressure on Riviere to supply the goals. Papa Cisse misses out through injury.

Aston Villa vs Newcastle United 08/23/2014 Free English Premier League Pick and Preview

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What could be an interesting encounter should see two defensively minded sides go toe to toe. I like what Paul Lambert has done this off season and I admire him for bringing in Roy Keane as a coach I think that could be an inspired decision. For this reason I am taking Aston villa to get a win against a Newcastle side that may struggle for invention up front. Follow me on Twitter@antonpippo

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