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Sky Pundit – It Could Be Goodnight For Villa At Newcastle

9:02 am, Friday, December 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

We want to see Newcastle play against Aston Villa tomorrow as through their lives depended on it and just like we have played against Liverpool and Tottenham in the last two games.

That’s because Aston Villa will be going all out tomorrow after their French manager Remi Garde has basically said it’s all or nothing tomorrow and if Villa are to stay up they must win at Newcastle tomorrow.

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Paul Merson – Sky Sports pundit – predicts 2-0 Newcastle win

If Newcastle can win this game it will be three wins on the trot for the first timer in over 14 months so a win would be terrific.

This is what Paul Merson has said about the game:

“I thought Villa were decent in the second half against Arsenal, but the game was over so early and they had nothing to lose by going forward.”

>“But I would have to say, if Newcastle win this, Villa should start preparing for next season in the Championship. It’s a cup final for them. This is the big one for them.”

“If they lose, it’s goodnight. And I’m going with goodnight. Newcastle have their tails up and St James’ Park will be getting right behind the players on Saturday night.”

Paul predicts a 2-0 win for Newcastle

It’s a little daft and premature to say Aston Villa should be preparing next month for life in the Championship, especially after the miracle recovery Leicester City made last season under former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson.

They were 7 points from safety on 19 points with only 9 games to play – so were almost certain to be relegated – what are the chances of making up seven points on three teams above you with just 9 games to play?

Minimal at best.

That’s until Nigel Pearson got seven wins and a draw to amass 22 points over the final 9 games that included a 3-0 thrashing of Newcastle.

They finished safe in 14th place on 41 points above Newcastle in the league table – and that was after we were in 11th place on 35 points with 9 games to play.

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And Leicester City are now top of the Premier League!

There’s still plenty of time for Aston Villa to save themselves, but hopefully the recovery will not start tomorrow at St. James Park.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Dec 18, 2015 at 9:19 AM


  • 2 Tsunki // Dec 18, 2015 at 9:19 AM


  • 3 Jib // Dec 18, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    For those who were asking.
    Abeid only played or an hour or so in the States.
    Unfortunately for him it was in the dreadful 4-3 loss to Portland Timbers.
    He was subbed by Anita after 65 minutes.
    The players seemed more concerned about not getting injured on the artificial surface.
    It was only 18 days before the EPL kicked off.
    Bigirimana had a crap game as well , lots of players played out of position with a smaller back 4 than an under 9’s team.
    Abeid feeling he stood a good chance of being overlooked in the coming season opted for Panathanaikos himself , believing regular first team football in Greece would get him noticed for Algeria.
    He would certainly have been a better option than Goofy in midfield.

  • 4 Tsunki // Dec 18, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Hang on Mers… a bit doom and gloomer this article, Ed! Ha ha he’s right though.

  • 5 Average_Contents // Dec 18, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Who said he’s impervious to pressure? He is a law unto himself but obviously there’s been that much bad publicity and no doubt pressure applied by other shareholders that they’ve had to react.

    Get at shite defect and you get at the man.

    We are so inexplicably linked to his shoddy sports firm that attacking his one true love seems to be the way forward. A few have mentioned it before on here, including myself.

  • 6 Average_Contents // Dec 18, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Fat cnut out!!!!

  • 7 Jib // Dec 18, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    The Villa fans a month ago must have been doing what folk on here often do , that is looking ahead to winnable fixtures.
    Four weeks ago a visit to SJP looked a soft touch for some points .

    Things never stay the same in footy !!

    Merson was interviewed yesterday by SSN while rehearsing for fantasy football and he was well ticked off about the Mourinho sacking.

  • 8 Jib // Dec 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    I think Ashley is more responsive to the City , than unions and lefty newspapers.

    Some of his latter day allies have turned on him about his choice of directors.These are fund managers who included his stock in their portfolios and are now flexing their muscles.

    I expect a “cabinet reshuffle” in the new year a “night of the long knives” at Shirebrook.

  • 9 loonie-toon // Dec 18, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Am I reading this right Merson goin for us to win, is changed is tune ant he

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