Newcastle United made an early statement in the Premier League.

Eddie Howe’s side thumped an Aston Villa team many are predicting a lot from given the success Unai Emery had there when replacing Steven Gerrard last season.

Newcastle put their visitors to the sword at St James’ Park, running out 5-1 winners to move top of the Premier League table.

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While these are early days of course, there is little indication that Howe’s team will drop off from the level that saw them finish in the top four last time out.

There is an obvious caveat, however. No one quite knows how they will deal with life back in the Champions League.

Indeed, Jamie Carragher has an interesting view on that…

Jamie Carragher predicts who will go further in Europe this season – Newcastle or Aston Villa

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, the pundit suggested Villa would go further in Europe than the Magpies.

Though he did admit people “underestimate” Newcastle and also compared them to an early Jurgen Klopp team at Liverpool, Carragher believes Villa are set for a better European campaign.

“I think Aston Villa will go further in Europe than Newcastle will. Newcastle could drop into the Europa League if they finish third in the Champions League, of course.

“But I think we will underestimate Newcastle, including myself. We say they can’t keep this going, it’s only one game this season, but that was a carbon copy of what we saw last season.

“It reminded me of what we saw from Liverpool four or five years ago, high energy, pace all over the pitch.”

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Not the ideal comparison

Emery, of course, is well versed in European football after all of his success in the Europa League with both Sevilla and Villarreal.

Still, comparing Newcastle and Villa in their continental campaigns is hardly fair.

Villa are playing in the Europa Conference League, the third tier tournament. Indeed, West Ham managed to win that while battling relegation in the Premier League last season…

Newcastle, however, are back with the big boys and there is little to suggest they will fear it.

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