Paul Merson isn’t exactly a friend of Newcastle United and he has spent far too much time criticizing the Geordie fans this season.
Aston Villa have lost their last 11 games in a row and Newcastle have lost nine of their last 10 away games, drawing 2-2 in the last away game at Liverpool, after being two goals down.
Our last away win was at Spurs on December 13th when we won 2-1 with a stoppage time goal from Ayoze Perez.
Paul Merson – predicts a 1-1 draw
So this game may be hard to call, but Paul doesn’t think Newcastle will win this game.
Here’s what he has written for Sky Sports about this game:
“I think there’s more of a twist than people think in this. Newcastle are odds of 1/2 here. They’ve taken one point away from home in 2016, how can you justify being 1/2?”
“I know Villa haven’t been great, but you can’t be backing a team at 1/2 away from home with a record like that.”
“I’m going 1-1 here, because Newcastle will have to come out and have a go, and Villa will cause a few problems.”
“Newcastle went down at Villa in 2009 and will be out for revenge, but the Villa fans won’t want to lie down either.”
“I just think people see this as nailed on, but I don’t.”
In the SkyBet betting Newcastle are 8/13 odds on to win this game.
It’s generally thought that we must win this game to survive and if we don’t it will be a huge opportunity lost to get a vital 3 points.