Cascarino: Villa will give Magpies sinking feeling
Former Aston Villa striker Tony Cascarino believes his old club will prove too much for Newcastle United on the final day of the Premier League season, meaning relegation to the Championship for the Magpies. Alan Shearer takes his side to Villa Park knowing defeat will send his hometown team down to the Football League, while a draw or victory will only ensure their survival should Hull City fail to beat Manchester United. But ex-Republic of Ireland international Cascarino, who made 46 league appearances for Villa from 1990-91 - scoring 11 times - believes Martin O'Neill's side will do the Toon no favours as they themselves hope to usurp Everton and finish the season in fifth spot. "Martin O’Neill will send his side out to go for the jugular and to beat Newcastle as he will end the season on a relative high," he said. "Aston Villa are far superior to Newcastle and they also possess the required ammunition to beat them this Sunday, particularly aerially. "The Newcastle defence has seriously struggled all season from balls into their box and unfortunately they’ll be facing possibly two of the best forwards in the air this weekend. Both big John Carew and Emile Heskey are powerful forwards and they should prove to be an absolute nightmare for the Magpies defence. "I really can’t see Newcastle getting a result from what I’ve seen of them. They would have to pull out a performance they haven’t been able to show all season and they just don’t look capable of that." And although Hull face the daunting task of beating league champions and Champions League finalists Manchester United in order to guarantee their top-flight survival, Cascarino believes the Tigers have a chance against what is expected to be a less-than-familiar looking Red Devils line-up. "Hull have a chance against Manchester United," he said. "The champions are likely to put out a second string side which gives the Tigers more chance than they possibly would have had if the title wasn’t already in the bag. "The fact that United won’t be at full strength is a present that Hull need to take advantage of. Of course every member of a United second string side would more than likely walk into the Hull side but the Tigers' chances of survival are still far better now. "If you’d told Phil Brown that Hull’s destiny would be in their own hands after last weekend he would’ve been overjoyed." Tony Cascarino is a pundit for The New Football Pools who is offering anyone who plays Premier 10 the chance to get two out of their 10 predictions wrong and still win a cash prize. This means players are 10 times more likely to win a prize than ever before! To play Premier 10 visit www.footballpools.com
21 May 2009
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