Aston Villa v Newcastle: match preview

Aston Villa v Newcastle: match preview

Aston Villa had a rough start after dominating possession but losing 3-2 against Watford. Dean Smith’s side should brush this off fairly easy and be quietly confident of a first victory when they host Newcastle. Douglas Luiz could return to bolster midfield and if Leon Bailey is given a first start the winger could add extra attacking impetus on the left. Steve Bruce’s new attacking intent, on display against West Ham, could also play into Villa’s hands, as it did for David Moyes’s side. The continued absences of Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow are not ideal for Newcastle’s chances of a positive result, too. Graham Searles

Saturday 3pm

Venue Villa Park

Last season Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0

Referee David Coote

This season G1 Y3 R0 3 cards/game

Odds H 13-15 A 7-2 D 3-1

ASTON VILLA
Subs from Steer, Davis, Chrisene, Wesley, Philogene-Bidace, Chukwuemeka, Tuanzebe, Hourihane, Guilbert, Hause, Nakamba, J Ramsey, Young, Sanson

Doubtful Douglas Luiz (match fitness), Sanson (knee)

Injured Watkins (knee, 28 Aug), Traoré (hamstring, Sep), Trezeguet (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y1 R0

Form L

Leading scorers Ings, McGinn 1

NEWCASTLE
Subs from Gillespie, Manquillo, Schär, Krafth, Lewis, Hendrick, M Longstaff, Willock, Joelinton, Gayle, Fraser

Doubtful None

Injured Dummett (calf, unknown), Darlow (match fitness, unknown), Dubravka (foot, unknown), Shelvey (calf, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y1 R0

Form L

Leading scorers Murphy, Wilson 1

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