Newcastle United tipped to secure victory against Aston Villa

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Newcastle United return to action this evening as they welcome Aston Villa to St James' Park.

The Toon Army will be brimming with confidence going into the clash after a successful return to Premier League action over the weekend.

That return saw them secure their biggest victory of the season after beating Sheffield United 3-0.

As well as taking them to the verge of safety on 38 points, the victory has moved the Magpies to within just two points of the top half - something which seemed to be out of reach just a matter of weeks ago.

As for Aston Villa, it's simply a must-win game.

Dean Smith's side are 19th in the table and are in desperate need of getting back to winning ways if they're to finish the season with their heads above water.

But while Villa will have hopes of getting the three points, Lee Ryder of Chronicle Live believes that Steve Bruce's side to brush the Villains aside.

Writing for Chronicle Live, Ryder said: "Villa's rivalry with Newcastle is a relatively new thing in football after the second city club inflicted relegation on the Magpies in 2009 and 2016.

"But it will be Villa that arrive on Tyneside threatened by the drop and Newcastle can be the ones who nudge them on their way to the Championship this time.

"Newcastle were poor in the reverse fixture at Villa Park when they lost 2-0 but now are playing with confidence.

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"I expect them to get another win and seal their top-flight place with seven games to spare."

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Confidence will be sky high in Steve Bruce's squad.

After such an impressive victory over Sheffield United, Newcastle United will be playing with all sorts of freedom.

With their Premier League status all-but secure, it's time for them to go out and enjoy their football.

With such exciting players in the squad, supporters will be hoping to see them put on a show against Aston Villa.

Dean Smith's side are struggling for confidence, and while Newcastle must be wary, thw Toon Army will certainly be seen as favourites for this one.

I'm backing Newcastle United to get the three points to take them over the 40-mark, with a couple of goals to keep the fans happy.

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