Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Real Live One: Villa v. Newcastle, 10 April 2011, 11:00 a.m. EDT

After a battling 2-2 draw at Everton that saw Villa fight back from one-nil down to take the lead, only for a dodgy penalty decision to take away the full three points.  Darren Bent had the brace for Villa, who sit in 16th on 34 points with seven matches to go.

Enter Newcastle United, who visit Villa Park five points ahead in ninth, coming off of a 4-0 pasting of Wolves at St. James's Park.  Last time Villa played Newcastle sealed the fate of Kevin MacDonald as interim manager, with Newcastle running rampant and hitting in 6.  Last time we hosted Newcastle, then-captain Gareth Barry sealed the barcodes' relegation by thumping one in off the back of Damien Duff.  Both teams should have their full squads to choose from.

In addition, the club is pulling out the stops to once again make Villa Park an intimidating place to be for visiting teams.  The club shot the above video with 200 supporters earlier this week, in an effort to bring back the club's historical anthem "The Bells are Ringing," and to prove true the permanent banner on the facing of the Holte End, and give the Villans a "12th Man" to carry them through.  We'll be doing our best from 3,600 some-odd miles away, with a chance to actually watch the game live!  Come join us at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday- we'll be at Lucky Bar.

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