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Two teams looking to recover from their opening weekend defeats will stop in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, like Aston Villa welcome Newcastle United to the villa park.
Villa started their 2021/22 season with a 3-2 defeat at newly promoted Watford on Saturday, while Newcastle started their season 4-2 at home against West Ham United.
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Villa started life without Jack Grealish to Watford on Saturday and it was a disappointing result for Dean Smithwho were three goals behind the home side in the 67th minute of the competition.
John McGinn and Danny Ings Villa scored for Villa in the last 20 minutes, but Villa’s penalty came in the seventh minute of stoppage time, which meant it was too little, too late for recovery.
Defensively it was a poor performance on Smith’s part, but there were positives in the last third of the field, especially the portrayal of the signings Leon Bailey, who impressed from the bench, and the fans of the club are looking forward to the newcomers on Saturday afternoon at Villa Park.
Villa has a busy end of the month as they face Barrow in the EFL Cup on August 24 before hosting Brentford in the Premier League on August 28. September then kicks off with a trip to Chelsea, while Everton and Manchester United are also opponents in the league next month.
Smith’s team, which last season in the Premier League the 11th campaign.
As mentioned, Newcastle also started the new season disappointingly and suffered a 4-2 defeat against West Ham in front of their own fans on Sunday afternoon.
The Magpies led 1-0 and 2-1 at St James’ Park but West Ham scored three unanswered goals and scored an impressive three points in the second period and the head coach will be under pressure Steve Bruce this weekend, even though the season has only just begun.
Newcastle have spent a lot on Joe Willock this summer and it remains to be seen whether the club can make any more signings before the window closes.
Like Villa, the Magpies will also be in the EFL Cup action game next week, playing Burnley at home before ending August with a home game against Southampton; September then begins with a trip to a Manchester United side poised to fight for that season’s Premier League title.
Bruce’s side actually managed to score points in 10 of their 19 league away games last season, which is an impressive record considering they finished 12th, one spot but 10 points behind their opponent here .
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Villa will again be without the services of Trezeguet and Morgan Sanson by injury, however Douglas Luiz could be available as the midfielder is back in training after serving Brazil at the Olympics.
Luiz could join McGinn as part of a midfield two straight away, while Bailey should get off to a start after his impressive performance from the bench against Watford.
Jacob Ramsey also urges to be there from the start, but Ollie Watkins must prove his fitness prior to this game; Smith may eventually choose to name the Englishman on the bench as he recovers from a knee problem, with Ings taking the lead again.
Bertrand Traore sustained an Achilles tendon injury in a closed-door friendly with Liverpool and is now a big doubt for competition this weekend.
As for Newcastle, Martin Dubravka and Paul Dummett stay on the sidelines due to injury while Karl Darlow is still fighting after a coronavirus epidemic and will likely fall short here again.
Jamaal Lascelles was unused against West Ham due to lack of fitness, but the center-back is expected to be unlocked to start this game with Emil Krafth set to fall from the side.
Willock wasn’t signed up in time for his debut against the Hammers, but the Englishman will be here Jonjo Shelvey may fall on the bench.
In the last third of the field, however, there shouldn’t be any changes because Callum Wilson be set by Allan Saint-Maximin in a front two.
Aston Villa possible starting grid:
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz; Bailey, Buendia, Ramsey; Ings
Newcastle United possible starting line-up:
Lumberjack; Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark; Murphy, Willock, Hayden, Almiron, Ritchie; Wilson, Saint-Maximin
Probability: Aston Villa 2-1 Newcastle United
It’s obviously very early in the season, but the importance of this game cannot be downplayed as both sides started the 2021/22 season with disappointing results last weekend. Newcastle have more than enough to find the end of the net on Saturday but we want Villa to shadow a close fight in front of their own fans.
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