In the last two seasons Newcastle have won their Premier League fixture at Aston Villa 2-0, and the season before that we drew 1-1, so Villa Park has been a happy hunting ground for Newcastle over the last few seasons.
Alan Pardew – a win would be good at Villa Park
And Alan Pardew will be hoping we can pick up 3 points on Saturday in the early kick-off game, but a defeat would not be good, and we’ve even seen some headlines yesterday that this is a must win game for Pardew.
And it’s only the second game of the season, so that’s hardly realistic.
But it is true that Pardew must get off to a decent start this season, after the last two seasons have turned out to be very poor ones for Newcastle.
Alan Pardew has been talking about the Aston Villa game today:
“We won there last year, and we can go there with confidence after the performance against City, and hopefully get ourselves a win.”
“I thought as a team and as a squad, you could see there was a togetherness there.” “If we take that into every game – we won’t come up against that sort of quality every week – we will win more than we lose.”
“I don’t think we should read too much into our goal threat against City, because we still have Papiss to come back, and we still have Siem de Jong to join this group.”
“If you put that into the mix – with Manu, who I thought was decent on Sunday – we have got a good forward line.”
We looked a bit impotent in the final third on Sunday, especially in the first half, but we did have Siem de Jong and Papiss Cisse out, and those two should make a big difference – and Siem hopefully will be able to make his competitive debut for Newcastle on Saturday.
And we still have to see Facundo Ferreyra make his Newcastle debut, and the Argentine striker will no doubt be given his chance this season.
There are a couple of things worrying us at the moment – the strength of depth at center-back in case Colo or Willo get injured and also up front, where we haven’t brought in a proven goalscorer.
But there’s still 12 days to go in the transfer window, and Newcastle could still bring in a couple of very good players, with a target being center-back Micah Richards of Manchester City.
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