Thursday morning has seen Remi Garde give his pre-Newcastle match press conference.

Such an important match for both sides as the two clubs head towards Christmas with different mindsets at the moment.

For Newcastle, a win would see them definitely looking upwards with three wins in a row, whilst a defeat would keep them in the middle of the relegation fight and even potentially drop them back into the bottom three.

As for Villa, Remi Garde had already talked of beating Newcastle being a possible spark to get them going, as with West Ham, Norwich and Sunderland being their opponents in the following three matches it would create an opportunity to put together a potential run.

However, another defeat and that would surely be yet another big nail in Villa’s relegation coffin.

Garde is hoping to have his Captain back from injury but will have to wait and see if Micah Richards makes it.

As for the Villa manager’s take on Newcastle, he thinks United have talented players and has also seen them improving recently and playing better collectively as a team.

Describing these upcoming four matches as crucial, Remi Garde says that the margins have been small and that whilst they concede goals they aren’t getting hammered. Villa have actually conceded less goals than Newcastle and yet have only registered one win and accumulated a measly six points from 16 matches.

Micah Richards is still struggling with his knee. We will see at the end of the week.

“Newcastle have talented players. They seem to be better on the collective side and they are improving.

“We are totally focused on the next four games.

“I still believe strongly that we can switch the way things are going at the moment.

“We concede too many goals but we are not conceding by four or five goals.

“I don’t want to say stats are wrong but they are there to be destroyed.

“After these four games we will know more about the team. The next four games will be crucial. Let’s see what happens.

“I see players who are totally committed.”