Given said: “Being at St James’ Park, the crowd will be up for that game, because it’s the proverbial six pointer. It’s amazing what one or two wins can do to a team. Aston Villa’s confidence is shattered, it’s very hard to get out of their dark hole. Newcastle have had two massive victories. They will be big favourites come Saturday.”
The Magpies have picked up victories over Liverpool and Spurs in their last two games, moving out of the bottom three, where Villa currently sit.
The victories, by a 2-0 and 2-1 scoreline respectively, have brought newfound confidence to the Magpies, and they will head into the fixture with Villa looking to move further away from the bottom three.
Another loss for Villa would leave them adrift at the bottom of the Premier League table, and whilst many believe they are already relegated, defeat against the Tyneside outfit would surely be the final nail in their coffin.
Given, who played for both clubs, believes that Newcastle will be favourites for the tie, and he thinks they will be riding high off the back of their two victories, leading them to a likely third win in a row - and the valuable points that will take them onto 19 for the season.