Well this is it. At Villa Park at least. The last match in the Premier League at the celebrated stadium until August 2017 at the very earliest. And given how bad this team has been, there is a good chance that it may be the last Premier League match at home for a while.
And who better to play it against than Newcastle United? The team that Aston Villa relegated in 2009, and the team who now hates Villa because our fans had a bit of #banter that anyone else in football would have had. Wouldn't it be amazing if Villa could somehow get their fourth win of the season and drag Newcastle right back into the relegation muck again?
But we all know that's unlikely. You don't get 36 matches into the season and only win 3 while maintaining an attitude of "hey, we could do it." Chance are this will be another loss. Maybe it'll be an inventive one like last week's debacle at Watford. Or perhaps it'll be run of the mill. Or hey, maybe we could all dream of a point secured in a goalless draw.
Whatever the result, we'll all be watching. Watching to see Villa Park take a bow before it steps out of the Premier League for a little while. The best park in England gets one last moment in the nation's biggest stage, and we'd be crazy to miss it.
Up the Villa.
Location: Villa Park, Birmingham, England
Kick-off time: 3 PM BST, 10 AM Eastern, 7 AM Pacific
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Available TV: NBCSN (US)
Available streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra
Available radio: AVTV (subscription required), Westwood One Sports (US), TalkSport Radio World
For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.
Aston Villa starting XI
Here's the Villa line-up to face @NUFC this afternoon. #AVFC #NUFC #AVLNEW pic.twitter.com/Dhuij07H6Y— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) May 7, 2016
Aston Villa substitutes
#AVFC subs (v @NUFC): Guzan, Richards, Adama, Gil, Hepburn-Murphy, Lyden, Grealish.— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) May 7, 2016
TEAM NEWS: Here is how Newcastle United will line up at Aston Villa this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFC pic.twitter.com/pzXdxzr1oW— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 7, 2016