Newcastle have a chance to get three wins in a row which we achieved last November – around about this same time – and then manager Rafa Benitez was Manager of the Month for November.
We have had good exciting wins against West Ham (3-2) away and Bournemouth (2-1) at home and scored 5 goals in the process: that compares with a total of only six goals scored in the first 10 games of the season.
It’s good we now seem able to score some goals, and we have shown real attacking intent in those games.
And while the front three of Almiron, Joelinton, and Saint-Maximin have not scored, they have looked very enterprising and created chances galore.
And we now have 10 points from 5 games since we were humiliated 5-0 at Leicester City.
We also missed at least six clear-cut chances in the previous two games when a player was straight through on goal and should have scored.
Captain Jamaal Lascelles is out until the new year, but Florian Lejeune has been chewing at the bit in training.
According to the Newcastle manager, he is now ready (and very able) to make his first appearance of this season.
Steve Bruce – can he make it three wins on the trot?
Ciaran Clark has had a deserved recall to the Ireland side after his terrific form for Newcastle in the previous five games but has picked up a knock so he may be rested on Monday night at Villa Park – as a precaution.
That would allow Steve Bruce to bring in either Dummett or Lejeune on the left side of a back three.
And the excellent Fabian Schar has been training for the last two weeks and is now ready to return to the team (when are we going to give him a new contract?).
So the back three is where Steve Bruce will have problems deciding who will start.
Paul Dummett could play on the left side with Fabian Schar on the right side and the bang in-form Federico Fernandez in the center.
So this could be the side – in a 5-4-1 formation – that will attempt to get us 9 points in 3 games on Monday night in a game televised around the world.
Yedlin Schar Fernandez Dummett Willems
Almiron Shelvey (c) Hayden Saint-Maximin
Sean Longstaff will serve the final game of his three-game suspension, and younger brother Matty could even make the side in place of Shelvey – perhaps.
What would your team be for Monday night?
In early voting, half of our readers think we can win this game.
What Will Be The Result In Monday's Match At Aston Villa?
- Win (55%, 609 )
- Draw (28%, 309 )
- Loss (16%, 181 )
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