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Neither side has hit the heights in recent weeks but our tipster believes that Paul Lambert's men are worth siding with when they travel to Tyneside

Two sides struggling to find their best form go head-to-head in the Premier League on Sunday when Newcastle play host to Aston Villa at St James’ Park.

Newcastle have won just one of their last nine competitive fixtures in all competitions and will be looking to get back to winning ways against a Villa side that have won just two of their last 13 matches.

Alan Pardew’s men are chalked up at 21/20 (2.05) with William Hill to claim all three points here while Paul Lambert’s side can be backed at 12/5 (3.40) to get the better of the Magpies this weekend. Draw backers may be tempted by the 9/4 (3.25) quote for the match to end in stalemate.

Loic Remy is the top scorer for Newcastle, with 11 goals thus far this term, and Alan Pardew will be hoping that the 27-year-old can find the net for the hosts on Sunday.

The French striker is available at 3/1 (4.0) to score at any time in a win for the hosts as part of a special “headline offer” from William Hill for this weekend’s crunch clash on Tyneside.

Villa backers may be tempted by another “headline offer” from the same firm - the 5/1 (6.0) quote that Belgian striker Christian Benteke is on target in a victory for Paul Lambert’s men here.

It is worth noting that Newcastle have leaked 10 goals in their last three matches while Villa’s goalless draw with Cardiff City last time out was their first clean sheet in seven outings.

With both sides struggling for form, the 8/11 (1.73) quote from William Hill for both teams to find the net is likely to prove popular with punters here while the 4/5 (1.80) on offer from the same firm for three or more goals to be scored also looks to be decent value.

It is worth noting, however, that Newcastle have lost seven of their last nine matches in all competitions and, with Villa having lost just one of their last four matches on the road, the 6/4 (2.50) quote for Villa in the draw no bet market is the recommended play for punters here.

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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