Aston Villa v Newcastle odds: Villa and Christian Benteke expected to edge close mid-table clash

Up to date Aston Villa v Newcastle odds with Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa available at 23/20 odds of picking up a victory in what is expected to be a close affair between two evenly matched sides.

Villa have had a mixed season so far having initially shocked the country with an opening day win but have since lost their last two games.

But the Birmingham side will be glad have moved past their tricky first three fixtures and focused on picking up at least a point in their game against Newcastle.

At the heart of all the action will most likely be Gabriel Agbonlahor who has been one of Villa’s brightest players this season menacing many of the top defenders in the league.

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the recent snub by England manager Roy Hodgson surprised many pundits of the late although Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has said it won’t have an effect on his selection. Lambert reiterated this to the press stating “In the last three games, he’s been excellent. He’s been at the top of his game against the best teams in the land in Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.”

This form comprised with the impressive goalscoring record of Christian Benteke will mean that new signing Libor Kozak will mostly start on the bench although the departure of Barry Bannan and Stephen Ireland could allow for the likes of Aleksandar Tonev to make a start in the Premier League.

Newcastle will be hoping though that their lack of action in the transfer window will be enough to help them avoid getting sucked into any relegation battles later in the season.

Manager Alan Pardew has stated that his team is strong enough for the Premier League despite not making many new signings. He emphasised this in the pre-match press conference remarking: “It’s important sometimes to understand that we have a very good team. We invested 30-odd million in the last window, we have brought Remy in”

For Newcastle, the team will be pleased to have a relatively injury free squad meaning that the team will be able to start last week’s goal scorer Hatem Ben Arfa and new striker Loic Remy on Saturday.

It will also likely mark the first time that wantaway midfielder Yohan Cabaye will be included in the Newcastle lineup this season after refusing to play for the side in the first couple of games.

By having many of their star players back in the squad, Newcastle will be more than a match for Villa but with The Villans having am attacking line-up that is in top form, it will be a game that could go either way.

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