NEWCASTLE UNITED and Aston Villa both enjoyed excellent campaigns last season and both have been strongly tipped to continue the progress made last term.
And they meet on Saturday night in what should be a cracker of an opening Premier League fixture.
Newcastle won plenty of praise and respect last season for not dumping their newly-found Saudi riches on the usual global superstar XI, but slowly increasing the quality of Eddie Howe’s squad.
They’ve again resisted the temptation to go mad in the summer transfer market and have only brought in three players – Harvey Barnes from Leicester City for £39 million, Sandro Tonali from AC Milan for
£55 million and Yankuba Minteh for £6 million from Odense.