Why Jack Grealish will not play against Newcastle for Aston Villa, Matty Cash returns


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Watkins first line of defence

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has been speaking ahead of their match with Newcastle on Friday evening. He spoke of the importance of his team to defend from the front, meaning the likes of Ollie Watkins will need to continue with the high energy levels which he has expelled already during his first season at Villa Park.

“He’s our first line of defence, the reason that we win the ball higher up the pitch this season is his pressing. “His energy levels and high-speed running is incredible, he’s been a really top signing for us.”

Why Jack Grealish will not play against Newcastle for Aston Villa, Matty Cash returns

Brentford’s Ollie Watkins after the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi final second leg match at Griffin Park, London. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Smith knows that his side need to keep creating the opportunities for the former Brentford striker if they want to progress further up the table in search of a European qualification spot.

“We have created some big chances in our last few games and as long as we keep doing that, we’ll be okay.”

Villa are currently 9th in the table and 5 points of 7th with a game in hand.

Grealish out, Cash back

Smith has confirmed that Jack Grealish is recovering but he will not be back yet as he has been hit by illness during his rehabilitation.

“Jack Grealish is a lot better, but you won’t see him at Newcastle unfortunately. It hasn’t helped that he’s been ill this week, which has kept him off for a couple of days,” said Smith.

However, there was good news regarding Matty Cash and Anwar El Ghazi. The right back signed from Nottingham Forest has had an excellent season for the Villains but missed recent weeks with a knock.

“Matty Cash will be in the squad and Anwar El Ghazi is back as well.”

Villa take on Newcastle at 8pm Friday evening.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 28 37 65
2 Manchester United FC 28 23 54
3 Leicester City FC 28 16 53
4 Chelsea FC 28 19 50
5 West Ham United FC 27 11 48
6 Everton FC 27 4 46
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 18 45
8 Liverpool FC 28 11 43
9 Aston Villa FC 26 11 40
10 Arsenal FC 27 7 38
11 Leeds United 27 -3 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 28 -9 35
13 Crystal Palace FC 28 -17 34
14 Southampton FC 27 -11 33
15 Burnley FC 28 -16 30
16 Newcastle United FC 27 -17 27
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 27 -8 26
18 Fulham FC 28 -11 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 28 -36 18
20 Sheffield United FC 28 -29 14
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 16
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8

Source: 101greatgoals.com