Newcastle Aston Villa 13:00 Sun
With Chelsea facing a tough encounter against Manchester United, Boylesports make Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United favourites to go level on points with the Blues this weekend with a victory over Aston Villa.
The Magpies’ exit from the FA Cup means that the North East side can focus their attentions on the league after making an admirable start to their 2011-12 campaign.
One very exciting feature of this match is that it may finally yield the debut of Papiss Demba Cissé some three weeks after he signed on as a Newcastle player.
The forward has been away on international duty with Senegal at the African Cup of Nations but after crashing out at the group stage, the former Freiburg hitman may finally feature in the black and white of Newcastle.
Top scorer Demba Ba may also make his return to the side after coming back to England with Cissé and Alex McCleish’s Villa may be the first side to play against the duo who certainly have the potential to devastate the Premier League opposition.
The Villans come into this fixture with the possibility of jumping up four places to eighth should they walk away from the Sports Direct Arena.
This is of course still considering that a number of other fixtures go in their favour also but McCleish will have faith that his side can earn the points necessary after their valiant comeback against QPR in midweek.
The Birmingham outfit are currently the Premier League eighth best side both in attack and defence when away from home and will be hoping to show the North East outfit up just as Fulham did two weeks ago.
The possible return of Ba and Cissé means there is a good chance of goals in this fixture but the pair will need to improve upon their ACON performances if they are to be half as successful together as many have tipped them to be.