BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his Premier League predictions for this weekend’s matches. For Newcastle’s trip to Aston Villa, he surprisingly has the Villains winning to 2-0.
This is what Lawrenson had to say about the match:
Former Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce returns to Villa Park with his Newcastle on a good little run, after taking seven points from their past three games.
It was not long ago that you could say the same about Villa, who went on an identical run at the start of October, but they have lost their past three league games.
Villa have not really recovered from losing so late on against Liverpool, and the past few weeks have been a bit of reality check for them.
That is what life is like for a promoted team, with as many downs as ups, but I think Villa will be smiling again on Monday night.
This is a bit surprising for us as Aston Villa have lost their last three Premier League matches and are hovering just above the relegation zone in 17th.
They did, however, face some stiff competition in those three defeats at Wolves and Manchester City with a home loss to Liverpool sandwiched in between.
Newcastle are on an excellent run of form with seven points over their past three matches including two straight wins. We also have ten points over our last five games, which has helped us climb to 13th and four points ahead of Aston Villa.
We disagree with Lawro on this one and see Newcastle at least getting a result at Villa Park on Monday.