Aston Villa vs Newcastle – the Premier League’s Form Teams Clash
Newcastle United, one of the only teams that can match Aston Villa for form in the period since Unai Emery took over, visits Villa Park to signal a jump up in difficultly level that Villa’s run-in now holds.
You only have to go back a season or so and any Villa vs Newcastle match would have been billed as a potential lower league table clash or even a relegation battle. This season though, both clubs, now with affluent owners, are threatening to break up the old order of the traditional Sky Six.
Newcastle arriving at Villa Park on the back of three away wins will certainly stress test Emery’s progress with his Villa team.
Emery himself declared in the pre-match press conference that they were in the “key time” of the season and still in the mix to achieve something significant. He added, that new objectives have evolved weekly, as they’ve continued to win over the past weeks.
“Now we are in the top six,” said Emery. “Liverpool have played one match less and Brighton two. But we are a candidate now and really, we deserve it. We have to be very focused and in our mentality very strong to keep this possibility.”
Podcast Newcastle Game Preview
In the My Old Man Said podcast’s ‘Something for the Weekend’ preview show (listen below) we look at the threat of the rejuvenated Newcastle team and what a significant dose of confidence a win would give Villa.
Will the match serve up the expected spectacle of two of the Premier League in-form teams going at it, or will they cancel each other out?
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