BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts Newcastle United v Aston Villa

Mark Lawrenson believes Newcastle will beat Aston Villa 2-0 today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Newcastle United will beat Aston Villa 2-0 at St. James' Park this evening.

The Magpies have suddenly hit a mini-revival, as after beating Liverpool 2-0, Steve McClaren's side then defeated Tottenham Hospur 2-1 last weekend.

Newcastle weren't expected to get anything out of those games, so to get six points was a huge boost for McClaren - but this game is arguably even bigger.

McClaren's men host bottom club Aston Villa in a relegation six-pointer, with Remi Garde desperately needing to pick up points quickly.

Villa are rooted to the foot of the Premier League table with just six points from 16 games, and with just one win to their name, Villa are already expected to be relegated.

They can attempt to spark a revival today, but pundit Lawrenson doesn't believe that is about to happen at St. James' Park this evening.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Lawrenson has stated that whilst he doesn't know which Newcastle side will turn up due to their inconsistency, they should still be able to see off Villa in a 2-0 victory.

"It looks like Aston Villa could be cut adrift completely shortly - things are that bad for them," said Lawrenson. "Newcastle have found some form after their own poor start and could make it three wins in a row on Saturday. That is what I think will happen, although you never know with the Magpies because sometimes they just don't turn up," he added.

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