Newcastle vs Aston Villa predicted lineups – historical clash to open the season

Both Newcastle and Aston Villa are historic English clubs and the luck of the draw decided to face them against each other as early as round 1 of the new Premier League season. With over 170 previous clashes between them, the history of this rivalry is thick with drama and we expect more of the same now. Below we give you our Newcastle vs Aston Villa predicted lineups, as well as all the latest team news.

Newcastle vs Aston Villa lineups
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The game is scheduled for Saturday, August 12th and will be played at St James’ Park in Newcastle. The kick-off time is 17:30 GMT. Now, let’s look at all the team news and also at our Newcastle vs Aston Villa predicted lineups.

Newcastle vs Aston Villa Predicted Lineups and News

Before we go into more details regarding the Newcastle vs Aston Villa possible lineups we’ll give you the latest team news for each team and what that means for their overall strength. And if you can’t make it to the stadium don’t worry, you can always enjoy all the action on TV.

Team news: Newcastle

Newcastle enjoyed an excellent last season and they are back in Europe. The Magpies also should feel pretty confident ahead of this match as it happens the team Newcastle have beaten most times at St James’ Park in a top-flight match happens to be Aston Villa!

Newcastle’s lineup is likely to have at least 2 summer signings in it. Both Barnes and Tonali were brought in to play often and they both have settled very well already. The other big signing of the summer so far Livramento might have to start on the bench.

Up front, it will be a toss between Isak and Wilson. However, since Wilson is the third-highest goalscorer in the month of August in the Premier League (11 goals) we think he might get the nod.

Kraft, Manquillo and Wilock are all missing injured. Veteran Schar also might not be risked as he is nursing a hip issue. None of those major problems as Newcastle are very deep and stuffed with talent.

Newcastle Predicted Lineups (4-3-3):

Pope – Trippier, Botman, Schar, Burn – Tonali, Guimaraes, Joelinton – Almiron, Wilson, Barnes

Team news: Aston Villa

Aston Villa are trying to avoid an unpleasant record. They have never lost the opening fixture of a new season in 3 consecutive years, but they’ve done that in the last 2 campaigns. Villa also try to end a 14-game winless run (D6 L8) at St James’ Park.

After an unexpectedly good last season and qualification for Europe Aston Villa were busy on the transfer market in the summer. New signings Torres, Tielemans and Diaby are adding more quality to the squad and we think all 3 of them could force their way into Villa’s starting lineup straight away.

The Villains will be without the injured Moreno, Bunedia and Jacob Ramsey for that match. Also, Aaron Ramsey is not expected to play as he will be leaving the club any day now.

Aston Villa Predicted Lineups (3-4-2-1):

Martinez – Konsa, Torres, Mings – Cash, Kamara, Tielemans, Digne – McGinn, Diaby – Watkins

Will Emi Buendia play for Aston Villa?

Aston Villa’s electric winger Emi Buendia nurses a knee injury and despite resuming light training he is not expected to travel north this weekend. Bunedia has been very effective when on the pitch for the Villains, a major contribution (goal or assist) every 56 minutes he plays. Without him, Villa’s threat down the flanks is seriously reduced and this is why coach Emery considers using a back 3, so he can utilise wing-backs.

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Iskra had a promising, at least she believed so, tennis and volleyball careers as a junior but a series of injuries ended her hopes to become a professional athlete very early.

Instead, she focused all her energy on her other passion, writing. For over a decade, Iskra had been a freelance sports writer. Football, basketball and tennis are the main fields of her expertise.