Competition: Premier League
Market: Both teams to score
Odds: 8/11 @ 888sport
Two sides who will be seeking a boost in the Midlands this weekend, Aston Villa will host Newcastle on Saturday afternoon in a contest that could see chances at both ends of the pitch.
Starting with the hosts, while Aston Villa might have fancied their chances of opening the new campaign with a flurry on the road last weekend, Dean Smith’s side put in what was a sluggish display. Despite grabbing two late goals in the capital, the former Brentford boss saw his side get hit with a shock 3-2 defeat against Premier League returners Watford. With many wondering how they will cope after it was announced skipper Jack Grealish had made a record-breaking move to Manchester City, Smith will also be hoping for his side to find some stability on home soil this season. Despite being last seen at Villa Park landing a 2-1 victory against European champions Chelsea back on May 23rd, Saturday’s hosts managed to win just a pair of their final nine Premier League contests in the Midlands. It’s also worth highlighting, Villa have seen five of their last six home fixtures finish with both teams finding the net.
As for the visitors, despite taking the lead twice as fans made their return to St. James’ Park last weekend, it quickly became an afternoon to forget for Steve Bruce. With many Magpies fans still making it clear that they do not want the former Sunderland boss in their dugout, Newcastle were eventually hit with a 4-2 defeat against West Ham, a result that will only pile more pressure onto his shoulders. However, signing off last year’s campaign with a real flurry that helped them clinch a shock 12th-place finish, Bruce will be hoping his side can continue on their eye-catching away from run earlier in the year. Including a 1-1 draw away at former Premier League champions Liverpool, and a 4-2 victory against Leicester, Newcastle mustered 10 points from their final four away fixtures last season. In a contest that could see chances at both ends here, we’re backing both teams to find the net.
Bet: Both teams to score at Aston Villa vs Newcastle 8/11 for Saturday’s Premier League contest @ 888sport
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