Newcastle vs Aston VillaEnglish Premier League, KO: 18:00 Jun 24, 2020, St James' Park
NEWCASTLE all but secured Premier League survival with a 3-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday and the Magpies will be aiming for back-to-back victories when they entertain relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Wednesday evening.
Steve Bruce's side start the week in 13th place in the Premier League where they have an 11 point buffer over the bottom three sides in the division.
One of those sides, Aston Villa, are in huge trouble and are hurtling towards a quickfire return to the English Championship.
This fixture represents Villa's third run-out since the restart after the Claret and Blue played out controversial 0-0 draw at home to Sheffield United last midweek before falling to a 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea on Sunday
Standing in Aston Villa's way of a much-needed shot in the arm on Wednesday evening is a Newcastle side who picked up their biggest Premier League win in over a year at the weekend.
Steve Bruce checked in at St James' Park last Summer without fanfare but with the Toon Army's place in the top-flight all but guaranteed with eight games remaining, as well as an FA Cup quarter-final to look forward to, Bruce has quietly impressed and kept many of his critics at bay.
Newcastle are at a best 5/4 with Bet 365 to make it two wins from two since the restart.
Aston Villa are winless in their last six Premier League matches and the bookies expect that sequence to be extended with an away win trading at 23/10 with UniBet while the draw is an unfancied 12/5 with William Hill.
I cashed in on Aston Villa's defensive vulnerability last weekend, however, I'm not expecting a north east goalfest when Dean Smith takes his side to Tyneside on Wednesday evening.
Indeed, no team has conceded more Premier League goals than Villa this term, however, Newcastle were the joint-lowest scorers in the top-flight before hitting three against 10 man Sheffield United on Sunday.
What's more, the Magpies have only managed to score a mere 15 goals in 15 matches at St James's this season and with that in mind, opposing goals could be the way to go in this midweek meeting.
Backing under 2.5 match strikes takes appeal at odds of 4/5 with BetVictor, however, I'm going to opt for an alternative angle by using Bet 365's Bet Builder feature to combine under four match goals and for each team to collect at least one card at 10/11 (Bet 365)
12 of Newcastle's last 16 top-flight tussles have featured less than four match goals and I'm happy to back both teams to pick up at least one card here in what could be a closely-fought contest.
Both sides' respective rearguards could be hard-tasked when trying to tame the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin and Jack Grealish and our man Kevin Mac struck gold on Sunday with a stonking 6/1 winner when backing Saint-Maximin to strike anytime against Sheffiled United.
The flying Frenchman is an eye-catching 4/1 with UniBet to get on the scoresheet for the third game running, however, I'm more attracted to the 6/1 (Bet 365) on offer for Villa right-back Ezri Konsa to be carded.
The young Englishman could be given the thankless task of of trying to shackle the Magpies speed-machine and Konsa, after having his name taken against Chelsea last time out, looks very overpriced for a caution on Wednesday evening where he could be directly faced with the pace and trickery of Saint-Maximin.
This English Premier League match between Newcastle and Aston Villa will be played on Jun 24, 2020 and kick off at 18:00. Check below for our tipsters best Newcastle vs Aston Villa prediction.