BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Leon Best of Newcastle United celebrates scoring a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Villa Park on September 17, 2011 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Newcastle and Aston Villa square off in a match of the dreamers and self-loathers
Tim Krul says Newcastle have their eyes on a top six finish. That is a lovely ambition and maybe they'll do it. It would be easy to write them off, but that is what people did to them a month ago, two months ago and three months ago, but here they are in the top six still and now they've added Papiss Cisse? Well hot damn. Even if they don't though, at least they're not in Aston Villa's shoes.
Nothing is quite as bad as being relegated, but Villa is toying with it. They aren't bad enough to be in a thrilling relegation race, but not nearly good enough to even dream of a spot in Europe. They're stuck in mid-table purgatory. Oh, and they're doing it with two horrendous fullbacks that have a tendency to forget which goal they are defending and a manager that is...let's say disliked.
So even if Newcastle don't finish top six, don't fret, Magpies. At least you're not Villa.
Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa
Game Date/Time: Sunday, February 5, 8:30 am ET, 1:30 pm local
Venue: Sports Direct Arena, Newcastle, England
TV: Fox Soccer Channel (USA - English), Fox Deportes (USA - Spanish), Sportsnet World (Canada), Sky Sports 1 (UK)