It was a good point at Norwich (2-2) although we could've won the game with chances including a late Ruddy save from Perez and a controversial goal line decision when a Matt Ritchie shot hit the bar and bounced under. But this is a game that we must win as Brighton recovered top spot on Saturday and currently sit two points clear of Newcastle.
To get back on top, we must beat an out of form Aston Villa side at St. James' park after they had a demoralizing 3-1 defeat to Barnsley at home, with Newcastle loanee Adam Armstrong scoring a first half penalty. Too many, this should be an easy win but when you consider we've dropped 14 points from 'easy teams' that thought starts to fade slightly.
A win here will be great revenge though, as the Villains had previously secured our 2008-09 relegation with a depressing 1-0 away defeat on the last day of the season and equally sent us down with two draws last season, (1-1 and 0-0).
There has been a hunt for revenge since and this is a massive chance to obtain it; we SHOULD win. Especially now 20-goal-man Dwight Gayle is confirmed to be back from injury as he made a substitute appearance against Norwich at Carrow Road last Tuesday. Prediction: Newcastle 3-1 Aston Villa