Looking to carry on a similar level of performances that they headed into the international break with, a resurging Newcastle will travel to Villa Park on Monday night.
Battling from behind to snatch three points off of Bournemouth in the North East a fortnight ago, the Magpies are enjoying undoubtedly their brightest spell since bringing in Steve Bruce over the summer.
On the flip side, while Newcastle may have landed back-to-back victories, Monday’s hosts are a side desperately seeking a buffer over the drop zone.
Aston Villa have now lost each of their last three Premier League matches on the bounce and many around the Midlands believe that their side are once again flirting with a relegation scrap.
However, you might be interested to know that three of the last four meetings between the two sides have finished in a draw, including back-to-back stalemates when they met in the 2015/2016 campaign. A similar outcome can be found at 12/5 with Paddy Power on Monday night.
Villa seeking a bounce
Although Aston Villa may have gained a string of plaudits for their rugged display in their close-fought 2-1 defeat against runaway leaders Liverpool earlier in the month, Dean Smith’s men do find themselves in the midst of a struggle.
Handed another 2-1 defeat and watching Wolves pick up Midlands bragging rights prior to the international break, the former Brentford boss finds his side on a three-match losing run in England’s top-tier.
Opening the weekend sat down in 17th and with a real chance of finishing Monday in the bottom-three, you might be interested to know that the Villains can be found at 9/4 with William Hill to be hit with an immediate Championship return this season.
While they may have managed to find the back of the net at a steady rate, Villa have begun to struggle with some rather glaring issues defensively.
No side outside of the drop zone has shipped more than their 20 strikes this season and they have also conceded two or more goals in each of their previous three defeats.
However, Villa will be boosted by the news that Jack Grealish is set to feature on Monday night after picking up a knock against Manchester City last month.
The high-flying Magpies
Although many around the North East were largely outraged by Newcastle’s decision to replace Rafa Benitez with Steve Bruce over the summer, the Magpies are enjoying by far their brightest run of the campaign.
Battling from a goal behind to snatch a 2-1 win off of Bournemouth a fortnight ago, the one-time Sunderland boss has seen his side land back-to-back Premier League victories and they have also lost just one of their last five appearances.
Still boosted by their 1-0 victory over Manchester United last month, fans around St. James’ Park will be most impressed by their side’s new-found performances in the final third.
Despite their attacking issues at the start of the season, the Magpies have bagged five goals in their last two outings, including scoring a trio at West Ham earlier in the month.
You might be interested to know that Newcastle are pencilled in at 2/1 with Ladbrokes to once again bag over 1.5 goals on their travels on Monday night.