Newcastle to pile on the misery for troubled Aston Villa

It seems cruel to tip Aston Villa to lose given their poor season and the terrible football their fans have had to put up with, but it’s unavoidable.

The Villans haven’t won since the opening day of the season and have lost twelve games out of 15 since then.

Remi Garde’s men are eight points off safety and their won’t be much festive cheer around Villa Park over Christmas.

However, the bad news for fans of the Midlands club could be good news for punters especially if they take advantage of Ladbrokes’ offer for Villa’s clash with Newcastle United.

Backing the Magpies to win and both teams to score was 11/4, but is now priced at 7/2 and looks a good shout.

Steve McClaren’s men are coming into this game on the back of two consecutive wins, with the triumphs over Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool showing that the Tynesiders may not be the relegation fodder they seemed to be earlier in the season.

The Toons’ two previous victories before those upsets were against fellow relegation candidates, highlighting their ability to beat sides in a similar situation to themselves and Villa.

Both teams scoring looks likely due to the leaky nature of these two teams defences, with Newcastle being the joint most generous backline in the league, while the Villans are joint second in the same category.

That’s not the only market for those looking to line their pockets, with Ladbrokes’ Double Odds First Goalscorer* promotion also providing an avenue to line your pockets.

St James’ Park has only hosted two home victories this season and both saw the Magpies open the scoring.

Georginio Wijnaldum scored five times in those games and was the first Newcastle player to find the net on both occasions.

Backing the Dutch midfielder to carry on this streak comes in at 6/1.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.