Two weeks away from Villa Park has felt like an eternity for Villa fans. Blogger Matt Turvey looks at whether it may be a triumphant return for Paul Lambert's team.
After a few weeks off from watching Aston Villa, many fans will be eager to get back to Villa Park, hoping that the time off will have given Paul Lambert's men the chance to recuperate following four games in ten days.
For Villa fans, the wait has been something of an eternity as whilst other teams have only had to go one week, Villa have had to go two because of the rescheduling of the game against Chelsea.
So what can Villa fans look forward to against Newcastle? Their fans have been on something of a rollercoaster in recent times - Alan Pardew on a seven year contract, Joe Kinnear as director of football, and a slew of players arriving from across the Channel.
Ask any member of the Toon army and they'll have differing views on each aspect of their rollercoaster, just as us Villa fans have our own views on how our new players will do, how the manager will get on, and how our own board will progress, even if we are minus a director of football.
The weekend is, however, likely to pose a challenge for both teams - any Villa fan expecting an easy win because of the (relatively) lower quality of Newcastle compared to their opening three league matches may well be in for a shock.
Villa fans will have the chance to potentially see new man Libor Kozak get his league debut, though most would suggest that he will be on the bench due to the starting place of Christian Benteke.
What Villa will need to be conscious of is a little bit of rustiness. Whilst the team haven't been away from playing for months or years, two weeks away can mean the game may start slowly, a concern - albeit a minor one - for a team that operates based on high tempo and high defensive lines.
Getting back to the opposition, Newcastle are likely to offer a lot of threat, in particular through the middle of the park, so it may well mean Villa need to dig deep and combat that threat, even though they are the home team.
Can Villa win? This fan says yes, but it is likely to be a tightly contested affair with performance from Jores Okore, Antonio Luna, and Ron Vlaar key to Villa's success.
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