🕗 Saturday 15th April, 17:30 GMT
We have a fascinating matchup this Saturday in the early Premier League kickoff, where we see 6th-placed Aston Villa take on 3rd-place Newcastle in a match where both teams need the three points to give them an increased chance of European football next season.
Race for top four
Newcastle will be looking to pick up the win at Villa Park on Saturday to help towards their goal of playing Champions League football next season. If Newcastle end the season in the top four, they will benefit in the upcoming transfer window as it’ll attract bigger names to sign for the club. Newcastle are on a five-game unbeaten run after beating Brentford 2-1 in their previous game.
Europa League battle
Aston Villa will be looking to pick up another win under the reign of Unai Emery and they have been a revelation since the new manager came in. We have seen a drastic increase in their performances and they are pushing to finish in the Europa League places this season. Aston Villa are currently on a seven-game unbeaten run and will need to carry this on to ensure they are playing Europa League football next season.
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Head to head
In the previous five Premier League meetings between the two teams, Newcastle have won two, Aston Villa won two and the other game resulted in a draw. Earlier this season, Newcastle won 4-0 but Villa were under their caretaker manager after Steven Gerrard was sacked.
One to watch for Newcastle United is Kieran Trippier, who is outstanding in dead-ball situations and arguably up there with the best in the Premier League. Trippier has registered six assists so far this season and played a crucial part in his side’s 13 clean sheets.
Aston Villa has Ollie Watkins, the goal-scoring machine. He has scored an excellent twelve goals in the Premier League this season. We have seen a drastic increase in his performance since Unai Emery came into the club. This is due to Emery’s way of playing being well-suited to Ollie Watkins’s strengths.
Newcastle's form under Eddie Howe
Since Eddie Howe arrived at the club in November 2021, Premier League fans have seen a drastic change in how Newcastle play. Eddie Howe took over when Newcastle were rock bottom of the Premier League, and he guided them to safety, finishing 11th in the league, 14 points above the relegation zone. Newcastle this season have impressed many people as no one would have expected them to be sitting in third and pushing for the Champions League places. Newcastle have won their last five Premier League games.
Having a bet on the game?
If you are interested in some betting tips for this big Premier League match, we have a couple below that might be of interest to you;
Both Teams To Score looks good for this one and BetUK have that at 4/5
Ollie Watkins has been in fantastic goal-scoring form and Betway have him at 12/5 to score anytime during the game.
Another player that has been in decent goal scoring form is Newcastle’s Alexander Isak and you can get 17/2 with Bet365 as a Bet Builder Double on both him and Watkins scoring anytime during the game.
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A score draw would be worth a bet