Emi Martinez

Newcastle Shakes Up Premier League Standings with Impressive Victory Over Aston Villa

31 January, 2024

Tuesday’s Premier League clash witnessed a dramatic turn of events as Newcastle United clinched a remarkable 3-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park. The win ended Villa’s nearly year-long unbeaten streak at home in the league.

The game took an unexpected twist with two goals in just four minutes from Newcastle’s Fabian Schar, establishing a dominant lead. The Magpies further extended their advantage with an own-goal from Alex Moreno after halftime. Despite a consolation goal from Ollie Watkins, Villa suffered their first league defeat at home since February of the previous year. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet

Aston Villa, still holding onto fourth place, faces the risk of being overtaken by Tottenham, pending their upcoming match against Brentford. This loss comes as a significant blow, especially considering their more favorable position in comparison to Liverpool and Manchester City.

In contrast, Newcastle’s victory marked a significant recovery after a streak of losses, propelling them to seventh in the league standings, albeit still trailing behind Villa by 11 points. This win holds particular significance as it reverses the downward trend following their earlier 5-1 thrashing of Villa in the season opener.

The match showcased Newcastle’s tactical superiority, with the team creating several noteworthy opportunities. A notable moment came 20 minutes into the game when Jacob Murphy’s precise pass to Anthony Gordon almost resulted in a goal, only to be thwarted by Villa’s goalkeeper Emi Martinez. The team’s relentless pressure eventually paid off, with Schar scoring twice in quick succession, capitalizing on defensive errors from Villa.

Villa’s attempts to mount a comeback in the second half, including Watkins’ milestone 50th Premier League goal, were ultimately insufficient. Newcastle’s defense, led by an impressive Schar, held firm, with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka making crucial saves. Get the latest updates from the Premier League only on Nextbet Sports