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Newcastle United’s season has gone into freefall recently, with the club having amassed more than enough points to stay in the division although threatening to wind up in the bottom half of the Premier League.
The departure of Yohan Cabaye to PSG hasn’t helped although it doesn’t completely explain why the wheels have fallen off the Magpies’ season, with the team having suffered seven defeats in their last nine matches.
The last three games have been especially painful, with Newcastle losing to Sunderland, Chelsea and Tottenham by an aggregate score of 10-0, something which has seen Alan Pardew and his team do a great deal of soul-searching.
The bookies are certainly prepared to take on the Tyneside team this weekend and Paddy Power free bet are biggest with their 23/20 about a home win, with Loic Remy returning from a three-game suspension and looking to play his way into the France squad for the 2014 World Cup.
The on-loan striker is a 5/1 chance to score the first of this game, although the value surely lies with the visitors who tend to be stronger on the road than Villa Park, having narrowly lost at Goodison Park recently after a 2-2 draw at Anfield and a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light.
BetVictor are currently quoting 14/5 about an away win and the same bookie also offer 17/10 that Paul Lambert’s team win on the Draw No Bet market which means you would get your money back if the game ends all square.
Villa were the better team in their last match at the Cardiff City Stadium, carving open the Bluebirds at will in the second half and it was only some excellent keeping from David Marshall that kept them at bay.
However, finding the net has been an Achilles heel for the Midlands side on a number of occasions recently, with Gabby Agbonlahor struggling for goals this season and it’s been three games since Christian Benteke found the net.
With Newcastle looking to shore up the defence, Boylesports’ 10/1 about No Goalscorer in this match could be a price worth taking, especially considering the sale of Cabaye has deprived the team of goals and attacking flair.
BetVictor are best with their quote of 17/20 that there are two goals or less in this match, while a Newcastle win is likely to be a slender margin of victory and bet365’s 7/1 about a 1-0 triumph for United could be a good saver if you are going for the 0-0.
PREDICTION: Newcastle United 0 Aston Villa 0