Charlie Nicholas gives his verdict on the Monday Night Football clash between Aston Villa and Newcastle.
I have been impressed with both of these sides. Steve Bruce wants to play better football but he has a lack of choices. Newcastle fans have to admit that this is a tough job and he is having to battle through, which I think he has done superbly thus far. Bruce may just be proving his point that he needs a couple of players. Mike Ashley may not be able to give him exactly what he wants but he could get a couple of loan deals or get one through the door if someone leaves.
John McGinn is playing further forward and it is working a trick. Aston Villa need to nurture and control leads much better, and at times they leave themselves vulnerable. That being said, I have to admire the way Dean Smith goes about it. Villa is also Bruce's old club and will sit in once again, but Villa will sneak it. There is enough about them to create enough chances.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (8/1 with Sky Bet)