From Tuesday, a plethora of very interesting matches are scheduled as there is an extraordinary round of the English Premier League. This time, we have prepared for you a duel that will be played at Villa Park, where this season’s splendid Aston Villa will host Newcastle. The start of the match between these two teams is scheduled for 9:15 PM.
Aston Villa: Can the Birmingham Team Reach the Champions League?
Not so long ago, Aston Villa played in the Championship for three seasons, but in 2019, the team from Birmingham returned to the top tier of English football. Until the arrival of Unai Emery as the coach in the middle of last season, this team had not achieved significant results in the world’s best league. Aston Villa finished last season in seventh place in the table, earning them a spot in the Conference League. Speaking of this third-tier European club competition, it’s worth noting that the English representative is one of the main candidates for winning this trophy. Emery’s men finished the group stage at the top of their table, one point ahead of second-placed Legia, which was enough for direct qualification to the round of 16.
As has been mentioned here many times, even the greatest optimists at the start of the season could not have anticipated that the team from Villa Park would play at such a high level in this year’s edition of the English Premier League. Currently, the team, which has won the English championship seven times, is in fourth place in the table, with the same number of points as third-placed Arsenal, and three points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham. In the last round of the league, Unai Emery’s men drew in an away game against Tottenham, as the match ended goalless. Before that, Aston Villa had a better performance at home against Burnley in a fantastic duel that brought us five goals, ending 3:2 in favor of the hosts.
At home, this team has played ten matches so far, achieving nine victories with just one draw, against Sheffield, ending 1:1. This makes the club from Villa Park the best home team in this year’s edition of the Premier League.
Finally, Aston Villa had FA Cup commitments over the weekend, drawing in an away game against Chelsea with no goals scored. The rematch is set for February 7th at Villa Park, and as things stand, it seems that the team from Birmingham is the favorite, especially since Unai Emery’s squad has yet to lose at home this season.
Newcastle: Four Consecutive Defeats in the League!
Newcastle has had a top-notch season, finally managing to secure a place in the Champions League, which was, of course, one of the primary goals since the black-and-whites got their wealthy owners. From the first to the last round, the team from St. James’ Park played at a very high level, eventually reaching fourth place, a feat not easy to achieve in the fiercely competitive top tier of English football.
Touching on the elite competition, it’s worth noting that, unfortunately, the English representative did not manage to advance to the knockout phase. The black-and-whites were in a “group of death” with PSG, Milan, and Borussia Dortmund. In the end, Eddie Howe’s men finished last in the group and failed to even continue in the Europa League. The decisive match in the last round at St. James’ Park against Italian Milan went to the Rossoneri, who won 2-1, and ultimately proceeded to the Europa League.
Regarding the Premier League, the popular Magpies again started quite well in the world’s best league. However, as time passed, their performance declined, and currently, Howe’s team is only in tenth place in the table. It seems likely that we won’t see Newcastle in European competitions next season.
In the last four league matches, Newcastle has suffered as many defeats. In the previous round, the team from St. James’ Park was defeated at their stadium by Manchester City in a spectacular match that the Citizens won 3-2. Despite the black-and-whites leading 2-1 until the 74th minute, De Bruyne and Bob stepped up and secured a crucial victory for the current English champions, who have also had their share of problems lately.
On away games, Newcastle has played nineteen matches this season, and it seems that the team has not fared well outside their home ground. This season’s English representative in the Champions League has managed only one win, two draws, and suffered seven defeats on the road, which is certainly unacceptable for a team with European ambitions this season. However, as things stand, it appears that these ambitions will remain unfulfilled.
Our Betting Suggestions
At first glance, it seems like a very difficult match to predict. However, when all factors are considered, it really appears that Aston Villa is the better rival at the moment and will achieve another victory, thereby moving even closer to qualifying for the top European club competition. We boldly recommend trying a bet on Aston Villa to Win, for which betBonanza has prepared odds of 1.90.
As we have already mentioned, Aston Villa is the best home team in the Premier League. Generally, the Birmingham club tends to break down its opponents at Villa Park in the first half of the game, so we advise trying a bet on Halftime/Fulltime – 1/1 with a fantastic odds of 2.95.
This duel is also expected to bring a lot of goals, so we suggest focusing on the Total OVER 2.5 Goals market, which betBonanza offers at odds of 1.50.