Newcastle v Aston Villa – Match Preview
Newcastle United v Aston Villa
Sunday 2 September 2012 4pm
Villa have gone from being a nothing club to being a nothing club who we get an extra kick out of beating!
Along with Spurs and Everton fans, Villa’s always appeared the most bitter that under Keegan, Newcastle United became a major force again and along with the introduction of SKY Sports and the Premier League, the established order of the eighties was turned upside down.
This bitterness poured onto the streets of Birmingham/Aston when relegation was confirmed at their ground, driving away on that day it almost cheered me up to see the local trampy population going to so much trouble with their feeble and oh so funny bed sheet taunts.
They say revenge is a dish best served cold but on that occasion we were still at least lukewarm as our home match on the return to the premier League saw a glorious six goal thrashing, how we laughed.
Happily, things have continued to go the right way for both clubs from that day onwards and Villa escaped relegation by only two points last time around and hopefully they can manage to go the whole way this season….though the sheets will most definitely be staying on my bed.
The visitors have got off to a shocking start with defeats at West Ham and home to Everton, results leaving them rock bottom.
Surely it would be a disastrous result for Newcastle even at this early stage if Villa are anything but still pointless after they visit St.James’ Park.
I was disappointed to see Paul Lambert move to Villa Park as I do rate and like him but it looks like he and the club are still suffering from O’Neill’s appalling spending spree which has led to Randy Lerner tightening the purse strings.
They did supposedly go for the very effective Clint Dempsey on deadline day but obviously he wasn’t that desperate after Liverpool messed him about, eventually ending up at WHite Hart Lane.
Lambert though did complete a last ditch signing of Belgian striker Christian Benteke from Genk for £7m, whether the 21 year old striker starts is another matter.
Of the players we know all about we might well see Given, Ireland and N’Zogbia line up as they’ve all featured already this season.
Given is beyond reproach for me as he gave us so much for so many years, like the rest of us he was at breaking point in that shocking season. As for the other two idiots, so glad it isn’t Newcastle paying their wages, though N’Zogbia has got ability and of course should be playing for a bigger team….
This represents a great opportunity for United to at last click into gear and put this game to bed comfortably, Alan Pardew had the luxury of resting the majority of his first team and their replacements survived a few scares on Thursday night to take us into the Europa League group stage.
Ryan Taylor of course will be missing while news is awaited on James Perch after he had to come off as well on Thursday. Crucially it is likely that Tiote will miss again so just as well that central midfield is the one place Newcastle have strengthened!
If everybody else is fit then can’t see anything other than Anita once again stepping into Tiote’s shoes in an unchanged Premier League line-up from that at Stamford Bridge, though of course hopefully with a different result.
How Alan Pardew organises those eleven players is another matter with many fans hoping Demba Ba is pushed out to his less favoured left hand side role in a 4-3-3, with Papiss Cisse desperate to get off the mark for the season.
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