The only Premier League game of the weekend is confirmed to be played between Aston Villa and Newcastle United on Saturday 23 January 2021 at Villa Park stadium, Birmingham city. While the top scorer teams are pitching in for the League cup, AVL and NEW need a victory that will help to overturn their recent fortunes with three valuable Premier League points. Villa had to close their training ground for 10 days and remain closed for almost three weeks now without a Premier League fixture. Now they are finally returning to top-flight action for the first time in 2021. Let’s have a look at the team review and match prediction.
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Aston Villa Review: Finally, AVL is back on the ground since earlier this week after playing in 2020. I am sure they must be thrilled, so are we. AVL is ready to kick on in an attempt to close the gap in the race and secure a place in the top six. As per the gameplay in 2020, the performance, confidence, and most importantly the team’s approach towards the League improved significantly. When compared with the previous performance, AVL has a strong squad. In the matches in 2020, they have the confidence and belief that they can beat just about anyone in this league. We can also see that they went into most of the games with very little fear. They were strong enough to claim back-to-back 3-0 wins over West Brom and Crystal Palace. The streak was paused by a 1-1 draw against Chelsea in 2020.
AVL is currently in the 11th spot in the league with 26 points. The narrow loss against Manchester United and beaten by 4-1 by Liverpool is not showing the same positive approach from AVL. After waiting 12 days to play again due to a COVID-19 outbreak, they were beaten by Manchester by 2-0.
AVL possible lineup: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, Nakamba; El Ghazi, Barkley, Grealish; Watkins
Newcastle United Review: The performance of NEW does not look promising either. After a draw of 0-0 against Liverpool on December 30th, the team has lost to Leicester, Sheffield United, and Arsenal. NEW has experienced relegation in the championship which we hope is discontinued as expected by the fans. NEW have failed to score in their last three Premier League visits to Villa too. The gap to the relegation zone remains a comfortable seven points which seems possible to cover, but manager Steve Bruce is under pressure because the loss on Saturday would be their fourth loss in a row in the league.
NEW is currently pacing in the 15th position on the table with 19 points. A club of their stature is in a need of a victory to fight out for a place in Europe, but the team does not look in the form of doing so.
Newcastle United possible lineup: Darlow; Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis; Almiron, Shelvey, Hendrick, Fraser; Carroll, Wilson
Prediction: The match AVL vs NEW would be more of points and not winning the cup looking at their current spots. To be brutally honest, NEW manager Steve Bruce just seems to have partially given up on his attempts to make a success of his tenure against the upcoming match. The team action is not indicating any sign of zeal to fight for the position in the League. In the contrast, AVL emerging as a surprise package. Even after their recent losses, Dean Smith’s men look prepared to pick up all three points at the weekend which they have already performed in 2020. Looking at the performances, the chances of AVL winning the match is higher. We might not see a lot of goals, but the match looks inclined towards AVL.
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