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NEWCASTLE 0 ASTON VILLA 0
(Kick off 13.30)
10.00 Good morning everyone. Clive Whittingham will be here from
12.30 to talk you through the appetising Premier League starter that is
Newcastle v Aston Villa. In the meantime, why not read this preview:
United v Aston
St James’ Park
Kick-off: 13.30 GMT.
TV: Highlights, BBC ONE Match of the Day 2.
Newcastle (Possible, 4-4-2): Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini, S Taylor,
Santon; Gouffran, Tioté, Sissoko, Sa Ameobi, De Jong, Rémy.
Out: Obertan, R Taylor (both knee).
Tests: Coloccini (knee), Tioté (hamstring)
Villa (Possible, 4-4-2): Guzan; Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Bertrand;
Albrighton, Westwood, Delph, Bennett; Benteke, Agbonlahor.
Out: Herd (hamstring), Kozak (broken leg), N’Zogbia (Achilles), Okore
Referee: Martin Atkinson. Matches: 17, R3 Y52.
Betting: Home 21-20, Away 12-5, Draw 9-4.
Striker Loïc Rémy returns to the Newcastle squad for Sunday’s Barclays
Premier League clash with Aston Villa.
The Frenchman is available after serving a three-match ban following an
unsuccessful appeal against his dismissal at Norwich on Jan 28.
Central defender Fabricio Coloccini and midfielder Cheick Tioté could also be
available to manager Alan Pardew as the Magpies attempt to end a four-game
wait for a victory during which they have failed to score a single goal.
Meanwhile, Villa manager Paul Lambert has no new injury concerns.
Lambert’s squad came through a recent warm-weather training camp in Portugal
well and he expects to have a largely fit squad at his disposal for the
Barclays Premier League clash.
The Scot also delivered positive news on defender Jores Okore. The Ivory
Coast-born Danish international was expected to miss the remainder of the
campaign with a ruptured cruciate ligament but could be back in action in a
matter of weeks.
Alan Pardew has warned his players that he is not afraid to make enemies in
the dressing room after heavily criticising the team’s performance during
the 4-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last week, but he needs a positive
response from those same players against Aston Villa.
Club sources have indicated his job is not under any immediate threat as he is
fulfilling the pre-season target of a top ten finish, but a sixth successive
home defeat to a Villa side sat directly behind them in the table will crank
up the pressure another notch.
Villa have, worryingly for Pardew, generally played better away from home this
season and are dangerous on the counter-attack
Stat of the game: Newcastle are unbeaten against Villa in their last
five Premier League meetings, home and away.
Luke Edwards’ prediction: Newcastle United 2 Aston Villa 1.