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Newcastle United close in on the Premier League

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If you designed an optimal Premier League, it would be tough to exclude Newcastle United. The biggest club from the biggest city in England's North East makes the same kind of sense as adding Aston Villa, the biggest club in the second biggest metropolitan area in the country.

As we all know, English soccer doesn't work that way.

Championship Round up: League Table, Results, Top scorers after round 37

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Brighton and Hove Albion levelled on points with Newcastle United at the top (separated only by the goal difference) after winning 3-0 against Derby County.

It was a strong performance from Chis Hughton’s side who dominated the game from start to finish. The defeat, however, proved costly for Derby, who lost seven of their last 13 Championship games.

Benitez Pleased Newcastle Can Now Get This Result

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In the first 21 games of this season we either won or lost games that was until we drew 1-1 at Aston Villa and they equalized in the last minute of that game at Villa Park. However in the last eight games we have three draws and five wins, so if we cannot win [...]

This Part Of Newcastle’s Game Important In Next 4 Fixtures

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When Newcastle went on a 9 winning streak in all competitions after the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on 24th September, we had 5 clean sheets during that run and it was important the defense play well so we didn't need to score too many goals to win the game. With Dwight Gayle now out [...]

Newcastle Winger Praises Fans – Gallowgate Flags Deserve Accolades

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The display from the Gallowgate Flags group was simply fabulous and they deserve all the credit for the work they have done this season to bring back the flags to St. James' Park. And although Newcastle started very slowly in the end it was a fairly comfortable 2-0 win against Aston Villa and Villa's 7th [.

Benitez Gives Interesting Update On Gayle Hamstring Injury

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After the 2-0 win tonight against Aston Villa Rafa Benitez gave an update on the hamstring injury that Dwight Gayle picked up and Rafa said the striker didn't look comfortable early in the game. Maybe it will not be as bad as when he first picked up the injury just over five weeks ago at [...]

Brighton Win – Go Top Of The Championship

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Brighton & Hove Albion win 2-0 at Barnsley today to go back on top of the Championship with 68 points 2 points more than Newcastle, but we have the game in hand at home to Aston Villa on Monday night. Norwich lost 2-1 at Burton Albion after drawing with Newcastle 2-2 at home last [...]

4-2-3-1 vs Aston Villa: Predicted Newcastle starting XI, Team news, Key Stats

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Newcastle United vs Aston Villa Prediction, Key Stats, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of this weekend’s Championship fixture.

Newcastle United vs Aston Villa
Championship 2016/17
Date: 20 February, 2017
Time: 20:00 pm BST
Venue: St James’ Park
Where to follow: BBC local radio

NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS & PREVIEW

Newcastle United are just one point above Brighton in the Championship race, and the Magpies will be looking to increase the lead as the final third of the season begins.

Reading Win – Now 3 Points Behind Newcastle

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Reading beat Birmingham 1-0 away tonight and that's three league wins in a row for the Royals as they move to only 3 points behind Newcastle but have now played two more games. In other Championship games tonight Aston Villa lost 3-0 at Brentford so Steve Bruce is still finding things a little tough at [.

Aston Villa To Challenge Newcastle For Midfielder

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The Mirror is reporting that Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has been given £25M to spend by the Aston Villa owner Tony Xia and one of his targets is Tom Cairney of Fulham who Newcastle were also interested in. It seems that Villa are close to tying up a deal for Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri [...

Newcastle Goalkeeper Comes Across As A Good Professional

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Matz Sels cost Newcastle £5M from Gent in the summer as Rafa Benitez brought in another goalkeeper with both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot recovering from ACL knee injuries. Matz started the season as first choice, but had a few dodgy moments and after the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa he was replaced by Karl [.

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Crystal Palace’s Benteke comes back to haunt Liverpool

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool old-boy Christian Benteke stunned his former club with both Crystal Palace goals in a 2-1 win at Anfield on Sunday denting the home side’s top-four Premier League ambitions.

Benteke handed a massive boost to Palace’s survival hopes with a goal in each half to cancel out Philippe Coutinho’s brilliant opener for the Reds and turn the game on its head.

Crystal Palace’s Benteke comes back to haunt Liverpool

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool old-boy Christian Benteke stunned his former club with both Crystal Palace goals in a 2-1 win at Anfield on Sunday denting the home side’s top-four Premier League ambitions.

Benteke handed a massive boost to Palace’s survival hopes with a goal in each half to cancel out Philippe Coutinho’s brilliant opener for the Reds and turn the game on its head.

Watford to face Villa in Taylor tribute

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London (AFP) – Watford will salute their former manager Graham Taylor, who died earlier this year, with a memorial friendly against Aston Villa on July 29.

Taylor’s passing in January at the age of 72 sparked tributes from across the world of football and Watford have decided to play an annual pre-season fixture for the ‘Graham Taylor Trophy’ against other teams coached by the former England boss.

Watford to face Villa in Taylor tribute

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London (AFP) – Watford will salute their former manager Graham Taylor, who died earlier this year, with a memorial friendly against Aston Villa on July 29.

Taylor’s passing in January at the age of 72 sparked tributes from across the world of football and Watford have decided to play an annual pre-season fixture for the ‘Graham Taylor Trophy’ against other teams coached by the former England boss.

Newcastle flies back to top of table

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London (AFP) – A Yoann Gouffran strike and an Henri Lansbury own goal propelled Newcastle back to the top of the Championship and a step closer to an immediate return to the Premier League in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday.

Rafael Benitez’s Magpies are embroiled with Brighton in a thrilling ding dong battle for supremacy in the second tier Championship and victory over another of the sides that went down with them from the Premier League last season saw Newcastle move a point ahead of the ‘Seagulls’.

Newcastle flies back to top of table

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London (AFP) – A Yoann Gouffran strike and an Henri Lansbury own goal propelled Newcastle back to the top of the Championship and a step closer to an immediate return to the Premier League in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday.

Rafael Benitez’s Magpies are embroiled with Brighton in a thrilling ding dong battle for supremacy in the second tier Championship and victory over another of the sides that went down with them from the Premier League last season saw Newcastle move a point ahead of the ‘Seagulls’.

Burnley splash out on Brady, Saints land Gabbiadini

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London (AFP) Burnley splashed out a reported club record £13 million ($16 million) to sign Norwich winger Robbie Brady, while Southampton's swoop for Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini was one of the other notable deals on transfer deadline day.

Republic of Ireland star Brady agreed a three-and-a-half year deal and became Burnley's second signing of the day following their capture of Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood for a reported £5 million ($6.

Burnley splash out on Brady, Saints land Gabbiadini

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London (AFP) Burnley splashed out a reported club record £13 million ($16 million) to sign Norwich winger Robbie Brady, while Southampton's swoop for Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini was one of the other notable deals on transfer deadline day.

Republic of Ireland star Brady agreed a three-and-a-half year deal and became Burnley's second signing of the day following their capture of Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood for a reported £5 million ($6.

New dad Harry Kane enjoys week to remember

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London (AFP) New dad Harry Kane admitted his hat-trick in Tottenham's win against West Bromwich Albion completed one of the best weeks of his life.

Kane's wife Kate gave birth to the couple's first child, daughter Ivy, last weekend and the England striker celebrated the new addition to the family in memorable fashion.

New dad Harry Kane enjoys week to remember

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London (AFP) New dad Harry Kane admitted his hat-trick in Tottenham's win against West Bromwich Albion completed one of the best weeks of his life.

Kane's wife Kate gave birth to the couple's first child, daughter Ivy, last weekend and the England striker celebrated the new addition to the family in memorable fashion.

Pochettino demands no more Spurs lows after highs

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London (AFP) Mauricio Pochettino has challenged his Tottenham Hotspur players to demonstrate their growing maturity when they face West Brom on Saturday in the wake of their impressive victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Pochettino's side ended Chelsea's run of 13 successive league victories by extending their own winning run to six games and moving up to third place, seven points adrift of the leaders.

Pochettino demands no more Spurs lows after highs

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London (AFP) Mauricio Pochettino has challenged his Tottenham Hotspur players to demonstrate their growing maturity when they face West Brom on Saturday in the wake of their impressive victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Pochettino's side ended Chelsea's run of 13 successive league victories by extending their own winning run to six games and moving up to third place, seven points adrift of the leaders.

Former England manager Graham Taylor dead at 72

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London (AFP) Former England manager Graham Taylor died on Thursday at the age of 72 after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Taylor made his name as the mastermind behind Watford's rise to the English top-flight in the 1980s and also enjoyed a successful spell as Aston Villa boss before spending three years as England manager.

Former England manager Graham Taylor dead at 72

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London (AFP) Former England manager Graham Taylor died on Thursday at the age of 72 after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Taylor made his name as the mastermind behind Watford's rise to the English top-flight in the 1980s and also enjoyed a successful spell as Aston Villa boss before spending three years as England manager.

Former England manager Taylor dead at 72

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London (AFP) Former England manager Graham Taylor has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 72, his family announced on Thursday.

Taylor made his name as the mastermind behind Watford's rise to the English top-flight in the 1980s and also enjoyed a successful spell as Aston Villa boss before spending three years as England manager.

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‘He Was A Man-Mountain’ – Paul Merson Delivers Incredibly Emotional Tribute To Ex-Teammate Ugo Ehiogu On Sky Sports News (Video)

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When the awful news broke this morning that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest on Thursday, it wasn't long before the tributes began to pour in.

As we've heard tell over the course of the day, Ehiogu was not only a fine, vastly underrated centre-halfbut also a kind, caring and much-lovedman his final Tweet almost serving to encapsulate his altruistic nature.

Andy Townsend Recalls Moment He Attempted To Console Gareth Southgate After Euro ’96 Penalty Miss, Only To Be Upstaged By Liam Gallagher (Video)

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With England set to take on Germany on Wednesday night, the chatter in the BBC 5Live studio inevitably turned to manager Gareth Southgate's most well-trodden previous dalliancewith Die Mannshaft.

We are of course talking about the semi-finals of Euro '96, wherein Southgate fluffedthe crucial penalty to send the Germans through to the final.

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Ugo Ehiogu Has Died, Aged 44, After Suffering Heart Attack At Tottenham’s Training Ground

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The utterly terriblenews we're waking up to is thatUgo Ehiogu has diedafter suffering a heart attack at Tottenham's training facilities on Thursday. He was just 44.

The former Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and England defender, who had been coaching Spurs' Under-23 side for the past couple of years, wasrushed to hospital after collapsing at Hotspur Way yesterday afternoon.

Chelsea make approach for exciting winger; Conte attracted by his 'lightening pace'

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Chelsea have been linked with a move for the highly rated 20-year-old winger, Adama Traoré, in the January transfer window. According to reports from Sky Sports, the Blues have made a formal approach to Middlesbrough over the availability of their young winger.

BREAKING: Sky sources: Chelsea approach Middlesbrough over the availability of winger Adama Traore: https://t.

English Championship

4-1-4-1 vs Sheffield Wednesday: Aston Villa predicted starting XI, Team News, Key Stats

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Aston Villa vs Sheffield Wednesday Prediction, Preview & Key Stats ahead of weekend’s Championship fixture.

Aston Villa vs Sheffield Wednesday
Championship 2016/17
11 March, 15:00 pm BST
Craven Cottage, London
How to follow: BBC local radio

Aston Villa’s mini revival under Steve Bruce (three wins in a row) was halted on Tuesday night when they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield.

West Brom scouts watched 26-year-old winger, could face competition from Aston Villa

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West Brom are reportedly interested in Oxford United’s winger, Marvin Johnson. Birmingham City and Aston Villa are also reportedly keeping a close tab on the player.

According to reports from the Birmingham Mail, the trio of Midland clubs have watched the left-sided player closely in recent games.

Former high-profile PL striker: Aston Villa are bigger than Chelsea

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Former high-profile Premier League striker, Dean Saunders, claims that Aston Villa are one of the biggest clubs in the United Kingdom.

Villa were relegated from the Premier League last season, and are plying their trade in the Championship at the moment. However, despite their fall from grace, Saunders has no doubt the club’s standing in the English game.

4-2-3-1 vs Bristol City: Aston Villa predicted lineups, Team news, Key Stats

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Aston Villa vs Bristol City Prediction, Preview & Key Stats ahead of midweek Championship fixture.

Aston Villa vs Bristol City
Championship 2016/17
28th February, 19:45 pm BST
Villa Park, Birmingham
How to follow: BBC local radio

Finally Villa fans breathed a sigh of relief last weekend.

Aston Villa vs Derby: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Key Stats

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Aston Villa vs Derby Prediction, Preview & Key Stats ahead of this weekend’s Championship fixture.

Aston Villa vs Derby
Championship 2016/17
25th February, 15:00 pm BST
Villa Park, Birmingham
How to follow: BBC local radio

Aston Villa were once play-off hopefuls after Steve Bruce sparked an immediate improvement when he took charge of the club.

The Rest

Aston Villa: Leandro Bacuna Given Six-Match Ban For Aggressively Nuzzling Linesman (Video)

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Aston Villa will have to do without the services of Leandro Bacuna for the next six matches after the midfielder received a hefty ban for assaulting a linesman.

The incident occurred in the final few secondsof Villa's game against Derby last Saturday, when the Dutchman gave the official an aggressive nuzzling over a disputed thrown-in.

Pundit: This Aston Villa midfielder is the Mesut Ozil of the Championship

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Former Chelsea footballer, Tony Cascarino, in his column for The Times has shed light on what is going wrong for Steve Bruce at Aston Villa.

Cascarino writes that Villa’s main problem has been poor ‘recruitment’, as he feels the club “have got just about everything wrong” in the transfer market.

Aston Villa: Steve Bruce Drops In For Pre-Match Kebab While Wearing Full Training Kit (Photo)

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"Onion rings or chips? Onion rings or chips? ...Both"

Good on Steve Bruce, for thinking nothing of preparing for today's Championship clash against Preston at Villa Park with a nourishing pre-game kebab; the food of kings.

Indeed, the Aston Villa manager was apparently spotted scouring the menu in a local fast food shop on the morning of the match, while wearing his full training gear.

Confirmed By Skysports – £50,000-A-Week W/Cup Finalist Could Set For Man United Transfer

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Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero could be set to leave the club with Boca Juniors keen on bringing him back to Argentina, according to Sky Sports.

However, any move for the United stopper would have to wait until the summer with Romero currently the club's only senior back-up keeper to David de Gea.

Spurs 2-0 Villa: Five Lilywhite Observations

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From the sublime of the markedly, almost scarily professional dismantling of Chelsea, to the pointedly less sublime of an FA Cup 3rd round win against lower league gubbins. This looked every inch the performance of reserves that was advertised in the trailer.

1. First Half Snoozing

The first half was marvellously soporific stuff, as players, fans and the viewing public alike settled in for a gentle Sunday afternoon nap.