Two unbeaten sides go head-to-head on Saturday, with the hosts looking to continue their six-match unbeaten home run against opponents who have conceded one goal this season
Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock
Albrighton, Petrov, Delph, N'Zogbia
Simpson, Coloccini, S Taylor, R Taylor
Obertan, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez
Gabriel Agbonlahor should move infield from the left flank to partner Darren Bent up front, while Charles N’Zogbia will likely switch from his usual right-wing position to make room for Marc Albrighton.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew’s hopes of giving summer signing Davide Santon his Premier League debut have been dashed by the 20-year-old picking up a knee injury in training, so he will likely keep faith with the same back four which kept QPR at bay on Monday night.
Leon Best is the only certain starter up front, with Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba and Peter Lovenkrands all failing to impress so far this season. The Senegalese international’s exploits with West Ham last season, however, could well mean he gets the nod.
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- Aston Villa haven’t lost at home in the Premier League in six matches. Their last defeat came in March at the hands of Wolves.
- Of all the clubs to finish in the top half of the Premier League last season, only Sunderland (25) scored fewer goals at home than Aston Villa (26).
- Both sides are unbeaten in their first four matches this season.
- Both teams boast mean defences: Newcastle have kept three clean sheets from their first four games, while Villa have not been breached on two occasions.
- Newcastle have been beaten on their last four visits to Villa Park.
- Newcastle and Stoke scored the joint fewest goals away from home in the Premier League last season (15).
- Saturday’s clash will be the first time Aston Villa keeper Shay Given has faced Newcastle since leaving St James’ Park in January 2009.
- Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be hoping midfielder Cheik Tiote (pictured right) keeps a cool head on Saturday – he was the most booked player in the Premier League last season, clocking up 14 yellow cards.