OK, MOMS is getting a little tired of this not winning routine. It’s getting boring. Three wins in the last 45 games… come on now. Roberto Di Matteo’s team at the moment seems to be doing a pretty decent impersonation of an Alex McLeish team with its five draws in eight games this season.
A Villa win against Newcastle certainly isn’t exactly the safest of bets, but surely this under achieving can’t go on like this? If there was ever a win to kick start our season and hopefully our promotional push, then this surely would be it.
Here’s three ways of making sure it happens…
2. Taking Chances
It’s touch and go if Ross McCormack will be fit for the Newcastle game, but his presence would certainly be a big boost in terms of creating the chances in trying to win this game.
If McCormack is not playing, let’s get the ball to Kodjia as quickly as possible. It’s unlikely that Newcastle will set up to shut up shop like Ipswich did last week. so Villa will get chances.
If McCormack is missing, then it might make sense to go 3-5-2 as at Portman Road.
Villa haven’t had a problem in creating chances so far this season, but target practise is over boys, it’s time to hit the onion bag.
If they can make a bright start and get the crowd on side, then it could get interesting for Villa. Score first and they’ll no doubt be more focus than normal to maintain the lead.
Villa showed improved defensive resilience against Ipswich, so a similar improvement in being clinical in front of goal could see us with three points come 90 minutes.