With the third international break in the last three months over, Newcastle will try to pick up where they left off two weeks ago. It will be a slightly longer wait, however, as the lads don’t play until Monday evening.
Based on form, Newcastle return on the back of two straight wins while Aston Villa have lost their last three matches, albeit to strong opponents.
We will be without our captain for the first time this season, and expect that Jonjo Shelvey will not only retain his place but also captain the team. Monday’s trip to Villa could also see the return of Florian Lejeune from his long-term knee injury.
Yesterday, Steve Bruce said that Ciaran Clark returned from international duty a little hobbled with a hamstring problem. It will be interesting to see if the 30-year-old can make it on Monday. If not, it could be Lejeune back in the team on the left side of the back three where he thrived last season.
We expect the lads to continue their excellent run of form and as Steve Bruce remarked yesterday, the players are still on a high from the last two wins. This is what Bruce said about the training over the past two weeks:
“The difference in a couple of weeks with a couple of wins is remarkable. They’re bouncing around the place and training has been as lively as it has been.”
So our hope is that the break did not affect Newcastle’s momentum too much and that we can get another all important three points at Villa Park.
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