Two out-of-form teams go head-to-head at St James’s Park as hosts Newcastle, who have lost six of their last eight, failing to score in seven of those outings, entertain an Aston Villa side coming into the clash having won just one of their last six.
Enjoying home advantage, the hosts are Paddy Power’s 23/20 favourites to stop the rot while Paul Lambert’s side are 29/10 with bet365 and BetVictor rate an inconclusive scrap at 12/5, a price that might be the subject of market support given that the pair were inseparable in the corresponding fixture last season.
A repeat of the 1-1 scoreline from that match is 13/2 (BetVictor) but the Magpies are stuck in such a rut at the moment, short of both goals and confidence, that the Villans will feel they can avoid defeat (3/4, bet365) at the very least.
As the visitors tend to perform better on their travels than they do at Villa Park, they’re decent value to shade it and Skybet make them 4/1 to do so by a one-goal margin.
Alternatively, betway rate Villa at 11/2 to beat Alan Pardew’s shot-shy troops ‘to nil’, a 1-0 away win is a 9/1 shot at Stan James and for punters treading carefully on Tyneside there’s BetVictor’s 17/10 marked against Lambert’s charges in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
Aston Villa to beat Newcastle – 29/10 (BetVictor)