Aston Villa vs Newcastle United match preview and match banter!

Posted on September 14th, 2013 | 81 Comments |

Aston Villa v Newcastle United.
Hopefully, Benteke will stub his toe on the way to Villa Park!
Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham.
Date: Sat 14th Sep, 2013.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Mike Dean.
UK TV: None.

The resumption of Premier League action after the International break see Newcastle United travelling to Birmingham’s Villa Park for this afternoon’s game against Aston Villa.

Previous results.

Newcastle United and Aston Villa come into this game at 12th and 13th in the Premier League respctively with 4 points to Newcastle United, and 3 to Aston Villa. Looking at their Premier League form so far this season, Aston Villa got off to an excellent start, convincingly beating Arsenal 3-1. However, this was followed by two successive defeats, 2-1 to Chelsea and 0-1 to Liverpool. Meanwhile, as you probably know, Newcastle’s results have been getting steadily better. After a 4-0 mauling by Manchester City in their opening game, this managed a 0-0 draw with West Ham, finally scraping 1-0 win against a toothless Fulham in their last game.

In the same fixture last season at their place, Newcastle came away as the 2-1 victors with goals from Cisse and Cabaye. Incidentally, today’s whistlemaster, Mike Dean, also refereed that one too.

You can see the form of the two clubs in their last six Premier League games by looking at the table below (latest results first).

Team Results Pts
Aston Villa L|L|W|D|L|W 7/18
Newcastle United W|D|L|L|W|D 8/18

Team news.

Aston Villa.

Unfortumately for Newcastle, Christian Benteke should be fit and ready to go, though Toon old face and close friend of Joe Kinnear, Charles “Insomnia” N’Zogbia will definitely be out as he recovers from Achilles surgery.

On the doubtful list, Centre-Back / Left back Nathan Baker may or may not be out with an ankle problem, along with new left-back Antonio Luna with some kind of knock.

Newcastle United.

Ryan Taylor and Massadio Haidara continue their spell on the sidelines with knacked knees. Indeed, it is hard to know why Taylor was included in Newcastle United’s 25 man squad list handed in at the end of the transfer window as he will probably be out for the whole season.

The return of Jonas Gutiérrez (knee), Gabriel Obertan (hamstring) and “Iron” Mike Williamson (knock) have all been eagerly anticipated by Magpies’ fans everywhere and they’re very close, however they remain on the doubtful list for the run up for this game.

Finally, Steven Taylor should also be ready for selection after serving his three match suspension for hitting someone in the face.

As usual, I will be posting the official team sheets when they become available around an hour before the kick-off.

What the managers have been saying…

Paul Lambert: “Newcastle is a huge football club and Alan has done great up there. They’ve got some really top players and this is a tough game, but we’re certainly playing really well at the minute and will go into the game with a lot of confidence. We are ready for this one.”

“I want to try to attack. This season we’ve started off by playing really well and we’re doing well at the moment. Sometimes you can walk out of a game thinking you deserved to be beaten but against Chelsea and Liverpool I don’t think we deserved to lose. You can take that confidence from it because the way we played was really positive.I haven’t had to say much because it’s been that high-level.”

Alan Pardew: “If you look at Aston Villa and ourselves – in terms of the finances we have available – we are very similar clubs. And therefore it’s a big game for us, one that could determine our position in the league at the end of the season. It’s important we get a result.”

Alan Pardew’s pre match press conference.

So with that I will sign off, but only after my usual reminders that I will be posting links to watch the game online, as well as highlights and possibly a video of the whole game when they are available. Which only leves it for me to say:

Howay the Lads!

Team sheets.

Aston Villa: Brad Guzan (G), Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Jores Okore, Antonio Luna, Karim El Ahmadi, Ashley Westwood, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Fabien Delph, Christian Benteke, Andreas Weimann.

Subs: Jed Steer (G), Ciaran Clark, Leandro Bacuna, Niklas Helenius, Yacouba Sylla, Aleksandar Tonev, Libor Kozak.

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul (G); Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Yohan Cabaye; Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Loic Remy.

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran.

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  1. Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul (G); Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Yohan Cabaye; Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Loic Remy.

    Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran.

  2. Well that’s both teams up now

    Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul (G); Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Yohan Cabaye; Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Loic Remy.

    Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran.

    Aston Villa: Brad Guzan (G), Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Jores Okore, Antonio Luna, Karim El Ahmadi, Ashley Westwood, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Fabien Delph, Christian Benteke, Andreas Weimann.

    Subs: Jed Steer (G), Ciaran Clark, Leandro Bacuna, Niklas Helenius, Yacouba Sylla, Aleksandar Tonev, Libor Kozak.

  3. Dokky says:
    September 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    “so remy and cisse start i doubt will be a 4-3-3 more like a 4-4-2”

    I’m not sure I agree Dokky. I think it could be like a very narrow ‘Christmas Tree’ (4-3-2-1), especially if Pardew plays Benny and Remy on their wrong sides again.

  4. I’m not sure I agree Dokky. I think it could be like a very narrow ‘Christmas Tree’

    Like one still in the box Worky?

  5. sirjasontoon says:
    September 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    “Like one still in the box Worky?”

    :-) Aye, SJT, we were as narrow as that with the two wingers constantly cutting in until they were almost shoulder to shoulder with Cisse.

  6. I think parpoo will go with cisse on the right wing,Benny afro at right back,remi as a central midfielder and debouchy up front on his own…

  7. Krul just rolled the ball out to one of his team mates instead of hoofing it to an Aston Villa player. Has Pardew been on what my mother once called the “Road to Domestos?”

  8. Nice Pele style one two off the opponent’s shin in the run up to the goal, though in Remy’s case it might have been simply good fortune. He was very good anyway.

  9. Its about time we looked half decent,the hope is,if we keep Benny krul and Colo fit and turn up every match,the no transfers in policy looks good.

  10. maze202 says:
    September 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    “Just tuned in, how are we playing?”

    Errrr, not too bad actually! 1-0 up, Krul’s hoofing the ball less, as are the outfield players. It’s not right!

  11. maze202 says:
    September 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    “Sounds good! But don’t worry it’ll all come crashing down after a demotivating half time talk.”

    That’s what I’m worried about, maze.

  12. 1-0 up the mackems are playing shocking and we are playing reasonably well. Cant wait for matthyse and canelo fights tonight!!!

  13. Phisix says:
    September 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    “Don’t jinx it after we are finally praising everything.”

    I wouldn’t go as far as “praising everything” Phisix, that lot should be able to pass the ball a bit better.

    It’s half time though and I don’t want to stab my own eyes out yet and I haven’t reached for any of my strong medication to get me through to full time either. That’s an improvement!

  14. Phisix says:
    September 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    “I know but after all the crap we endured last season its nice to praise and see great football for once.”

    There you go again, Phisix. Great football? Steady on!

  15. take my previous hoofball half comment back, refreshing to see us playing football for 90 mins.
    has pardew woken up? or has the team decided to ignore his tactics? lol

  16. Dokky says:
    September 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    “Pardew clearly had that planned all along. Im sure he will take full praise for that substitution……”

    Dokky, he might slag Benny off again for his poor decisionmaking and not following his orders like he did after the Fulham game.

  17. Cannot complain, Best football we have managed in a long while.
    Got to give it to the grey dickhead today, He went for it, And our offensive players, Played their part today.
    It was a good open game of English football, But we got the rub of the green more today.
    We managed to pick up more of the loose balls, While Villa looked more desperate, And rushed everything the did.
    Although Agbonglahore should have put his chance away, Then who knows, What might have transpired.

    Ben Arfa could have had a penalty, But i’ll have to view it On Television.
    This was a hark back to 5th finish, Of a couple of years back, When we were winning these marginal games.

    Still want the cnut sacked though! lol

  18. F**king Cisse’s first touch is like a brick wall, He isn’t the best footballer, In the World, By any stretch!

  19. Has Pardew learned? Some really good performances. There are a few who think our players are overrated. I am not one of them, it just needs for Pardew to let them play.

    It was really good to watch an entertaining game involving Newcastle.

    I wasn’t sh@tting myself every time the opposition banged the ball into our box. That makes a very pleasant change.

    If Pardew can in fact change, there is hope for us all. Chuck will be a ray of sunshine.

  20. joe hawkins says:
    September 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    “Ben Arfa could have had a penalty, But i’ll have to view it On Television.”

    I definitely think he did, Joe. He was definitely pushed, but the referee shouldn’t have to question how hard he was pushed the way the game is now.

  21. Putting it into perspective, We won at Villa Park, By 0-2, Last season, So we have done worse, In reality.
    We looked like World beaters that night as well, But it didn’t come to anything.
    Added to the fact, We are Villa’s bogey team, I will not get too carried away.
    If we get a similar performance against Hull City, Then i might start to think, We have turned a corner.

  22. Worky, I’ve seen softer one’s than that, Given.
    It’s just when your watching then on a grainy link, Your not to sure, But on first glance, It looked like a penalty to me.

  23. GS, Pardew has to realise, We haven’t got a side, That can sit back and defend.
    We are much better if we play to our strengths, Which should involve defending high up the pitch, And using our runners, Because we now have two or three, Who can take 3 and 4 men on, And do damage.
    Forget about the likes of Jonas, He should only be used in the last 15 minutes, If your desperate.

    Like Bobby Robson did, Especially away from home, He used Bellamy, Dyer, Jenas, To devastating effect.
    If they are in the opponents face, In their half, They cannot score goals.

  24. joe hawkins says:
    September 14, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    “If we get a similar performance against Hull City, Then i might start to think, We have turned a corner.”

    Two of our next three Premier League games are against the promoted sides at SJP, and the other one is Everton. That should be a good three games to get some points on the board.

  25. Before I get too giddy – we still haven’t scored from a corner in forever. Trevor Francis said that we must have practiced the one where Cabaye hit it long for Debuchy to volley. If that was really the case I would estimate it would work one in a thousand times – er, but that’s about our average – so, well done Pards for trying it :)

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