Bashful Callum Wilson recalls Aston Villa embarrassment as he previews Newcastle United trip to Leeds United

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Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson remembered jinxing a previous Premier League clash and praised Leeds United ahead of the weekend.

A coy Callum Wilson was cautious when previewing Newcastle United's trip to Elland Road this weekend as he learnt from mistakes made before defeat to Aston Villa last month.

The Magpies talisman famously hosts the BBC Sounds' Footballer's Football Podcast and landed himself in hot water when getting carried away previewing his side's trip to Villa Park in April.

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Wilson joked that Aston Villa would have to "call the fire brigade" as Eddie Howe's side intended to "put the fire out" after the Midlands team enjoyed a fine run of form.

After the match, which Newcastle lost 3-0, Villa midfielder John McGinn pulled Wilson for a word and warned him not to get so carried away. Shortly after the fixture, Wilson remembered: "It was brilliant banter from him. I said about the fire brigade, putting the fire out.

"After the game, they must've mentioned it to him and he's said the fire brigade was on strike. Unbelievable banter.

"When I see that, I thought I'm not going to talk on the podcast this week, it comes straight back in my face. I need to focus on getting back in the team!"

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That memory was clearly still fresh in the striker's mind as he appeared on the podcast this week to preview Newcastle's trip to relegation-threatened Leeds United.

Wilson was asked for his Premier League relegation prediction but was cautious in his reply, chuckling as he remembered past mistakes.

Callum Wilson knows Leeds will be difficult to beat (Image: Getty Images)Callum Wilson knows Leeds will be difficult to beat (Image: Getty Images)
Callum Wilson knows Leeds will be difficult to beat (Image: Getty Images)

Wilson said: "As we stand right now, the bottom three is Southampton, Forest and Leeds - and Leeds is our next game, so I do not want to jinx myself and speak too soon. Let me hop back on the fence real quick.

"We've got Leeds and Leicester to play and those two are still in the relegation battle. We need three wins out of four and we've got those two to play.

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"It's going to be a difficult game and both teams have so much to play for. We have to quickly forget about the Arsenal game, have a good training week and go into the Leeds game full of confidence and belief in what we've achieved to get to this point. Destiny is in our hands. The power is within us."

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