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Build Up To Match v Newcastle

Martin O'Neill has said, ahead of our trip to St James Park tonight:

'I think it's a great stadium to play in. I think there's just a special atmosphere around St James' and the stadium has improved beyond all recognition in recent years. I think the players just need to go out, having taken a bit of confidence from winning a game and with the addition of players. Every single player, no matter what you tell them generally, will have their own thoughts on the game and how they approach it. I'm pleased that we've made some changes and I think those changes were necessary for the side. Now I'm hoping the players that have come in can have a relatively injury-free time.'

'I've no doubt that Ashley will prove value for money, without a doubt. Hopefully, if Carew can stay fit, he'll certainly prove it. He hasn't played much football this season, but I knew that to begin with. He himself will feel he needs a bit more work and I'm sure that the best of him will be over a period of time. I'm not expecting miracles from the two players at all. It would be nice for them to settle in pretty quickly, but I'm hoping the best is still to come from both of them.'

John Carew will score tonight, trust me!!

O'Neill added: 'We have obviously got a lift from winning the game (at home). Newcastle are a fantastic football club, magnificent support, and I am hoping that we can go up there with a bit of confidence from having won. But we know that with the players they have, think it will be difficult for us. The boy Martins has exploded into it, Kieron Dyer is coming back. He has been a majestic player.'

Glenn 'would even bore a bit of cardboard' Roeder said: 'We never really got going at Villa Park and it was a bad day for us, so we are looking to put this right tomorrow night.'

John Carew and Ashley Young are both in the squad and Stiliyan Petrov is also fit to return after his hamstring injury.

Newcastle (from): Harper, Srnicek, Carr, Edgar, Taylor, Bramble, Huntington, Butt, Parker, Milner, Duff, Pattison, Troisi, Gate, Martins, Dyer, Sibierski, Luque, Carroll, LuaLua.

Aston Villa (from): Sorensen, Taylor, Bardsley, Hughes, Mellberg, Cahill, Ridgewell, Bouma, Agbonlahor, Petrov, Davis, Osbourne, McCann, Barry, Carew, Young, Angel.

Last season: Newcastle United 1-1 Aston Villa
Shearer 32 pen McCann 75

This season: Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United
Moore 3, Angel 38

Mark Lawrenson says on the BBC site: 'Villa got the win they desperately needed against Watford to halt their slide and get themselves back on track. Newcastle have got one or two injured players coming back but I can see Villa getting their tactics right to get a draw.' and predicts 1-1

Mystic Mug says John Carew to score and bring home all 3 points for Villa in a 1-0 win.

Our latest poll asked what the result tonight would be. Seems the positivity is back amongst Villa fans as 71% are predicting a win. 16% say a draw and only 13% predict a loss.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 31 2007

Time: 10:44AM

Your Comments

J.P I am with you with John scoring, I think it will be 1-2 and 2-1 on Saturday. I then think Ireland will qualify for Euro cup 08??? Come on the Villa
irish villa
Come on you Villa boys.
Cubos
All depends on which Newcastle team turn out tonight, hopefully the attacking Martins will be snuffed out but if he has a good game then Villa will need to be at their very best to keep him under wrapps.
col8
After a 700+ mile round trip from london i can see petrov scoring the only goal up the villa
londonrob
A Villa win 1-3, 13% predicting a loss!!!!! obviously the newcrapsle fans are coming on here to sway the vote.
steff_the_villan
Looking forward to seeing you there londonrob. We're heading off within the hour. Come on you Super Lions!! A draw me thinks, but I'll settle for a win.
glensider
Its a win for villa, win, win win
jonah
Newcastle 1 - 3 Villa; Carew scores twice. Petrov picks up his first in a while. Parker and Dyer red-carded in the last ten for a laughbale, YouTube-worthy punch-up. Smiler yellow-carded for being Smiler.
505anthony
The wrong Newcastle team turned up and Martins played a blinder. Thats football folks, I think thats why we love it,,,,,,,,,,,,
col8
We was robbed! 2 poor goals from our point of view in 7 minutes, and then we battered them and should have scored plenty. How was Carew's ruled out? Cheating sods!
DeanoVilla
We were all at sea for the first twenty minutes, and lost the game in the first seven. The result was a travesty, but there were plenty of plus points. At last, a potent looking strike force.
glensider
 

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