Aston Villa - Newcastle United Betting Preview: Deadly De Jong could make a difference to the Magpies

These sides experienced contrasting fortunes on the opening weekend of the Premier League season but our tipster is backing Alan Pardew's men to see off Paul Lambert's Villans
Aston Villa made an impressive start to the season last weekend, claiming a fine 1-0 victory over Stoke City and Paul Lambert will be looking for his side to build on that success when they welcome Newcastle United to Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Magpies suffered defeat on the opening weekend of the campaign, going down 2-0 against Manchester City at St James' Park, but Alan Pardew will have been heartened by the battling qualities shown by his side during last Sunday's clash.

The hosts are chalked up as narrow favourites to claim a second successive league victory this weekend, with bet365 offering 6/4 (2.50) on a Villa win while the same firm offer a tempting 9/5 (2.80) quote that the visitors pick up their first victory of the new season at Villa Park. The draw is rated as a 23/10 (3.30) chance with bet365 this weekend.

Newcastle will be buoyed by their recent record against the Villans, with Pardew's side having claimed maximum points from four of the last five meetings between the sides – with the fifth match ending in stalemate.

It is worth noting that both teams have found the net in five of the last six meetings between these two clubs and, therefore, it is perhaps unsurprising that bet365 offer just 8/11 (1.73) that there are goals at both ends once again this weekend.

Indeed, there could be value to be had in backing three or more goals to be scored at even money (2.0) with bet365 ahead of this weekend's clash while the 5/4 (2.25) quote from the same firm for three or more goals to be scored and both teams to find the net certainly appears to be generous given the history of goals in this fixture.

Andreas Weimann was on target for Villa in their win over the Potters last weekend and the 7/1 (8.0) quote from bet365 for the Austrian to break the deadlock against the Magpies is sure to attract plenty of support here, while the 12/5 (3.40) quote from the same firm for Weimann to score at any time looks to represent decent value.

Siem de Jong looks set to return to the fold for Newcastle ahead of this weekend's clash, augmenting Pardew's attacking options, and the dangerous Dutchman can be backed at 6/1 (7.0) with bet365 to score first, with the same firm offering 2/1 (3.0) on De Jong finding the net at any time.

The return of De Jong could prove pivotal for Pardew's side and, given Newcastle's impressive record against the Villans in recent times, punters should take a chance on the Magpies claiming their first victory of the Premier League season at a generous 9/5 (2.80) with bet365 this weekend.

Newcastle United to win at 9/5 (2.80) for a 1pt stake with bet365

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