Newcastle v Aston Villa

Saturday 28 February 3pm

Arguably John Carver’s biggest match so far, after only one win in eight the expectation is that Newcastle have to surely beat what is currently the worst team in the Premier League.

Villa have lost their last six Premier League matches, can hardly score a goal and haven’t won a league game since early December.

What could possibly go wrong…?

John Carver:

“I must have went through the (Man City) game 20 times on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

“The players watched the video, I watched it, over and over again. We saw where we went wrong and hopefully we will put that right this weekend.”


“A little bit of pressure on us now, which is right and deserved, so we need to perform this weekend.

“It is only us lot who can put that right. It is our responsibility to the football club and to the fans, that we put that right.”

So can the players and John Carver handle the pressure?

Missing today through injury will be Siem de Jong, Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote and Rob Elliot.

While Jack Colback is suspended and Rolando Aarons &  Ferreyra are missing for unknown reasons.

Carver was quick to point to the absence of Jack Colback as a big loss:

“He has been our most outstanding player of the season, so he is going to be a big miss. I told him it was silly what he did. He punched the ball back to the official – you can’t do that.

“We’ll deal with that situation but he is a huge miss.”

Surely though United should still be able to beat what is in front of them today, with the visitors coming with numerous injury problems of their own, especially at the back.

If ever there was a day for John Carver to go onto the attack and get his team to impose themselves then surely it is this afternoon. Using our NUFC Team Selector, the fans choice of team saw an attacking formation selected with a holding midfield pair of Mehdi Abeid and Ryan Taylor, interesting at 2pm to see what Carver comes up with.

Anything other than a win today will be not be good news for anybody.

John Carver has a great opportunity to lift a lot of the gloom and play to the gallery by pushing Villa further towards relegation. He needs this win desperately and HAS to go for it with Manchester United, Spurs, Arsenal, Everton and the Mackems coming up in the following matches.

Cisse and Perez need to be putting as much pressure on the back four as possible and players giving a lot more support from midfield than usual.

Villa are truly hopeless and if we can’t beat them…

Match Betting: Cisse to score 1st goal 11/2NUFC to score 3 or more goals 17/4NUFC to win 2-0 9/1

See all the Newcastle v Aston Villa betting HERE