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  • September 2, 2012
  • • 23:00
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 48245
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Newcastle - Aston Villa Preview: Hosts look to continue impressive record against struggling Villans

Newcastle - Aston Villa Preview: Hosts look to continue impressive record against struggling Villans

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Aston Villa travel to St James' Park in search of their first win of the new season against a Newcastle side that enjoyed victory in Europe in midweek

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Krul
Simpson, S.Taylor, Coloccini, Santon 
Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez
Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba

ASTON VILLA

Given
Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett
Herd, Bannan, El Ahmadi, N'Zogbia
Bent, Holman


Ryan Taylor (ankle) is a doubt for Newcastle after picking up a knock in Thursday’s narrow win over Atromitos in the Europa League, while Cheikh Tiote (calf) and brothers Shola Ameobi and Sammy Ameobi (hamstring) are certain to miss out.

Ciaran Clark is suspended for Aston Villa after being sent off in the defeat to Everton, with Gary Gardner (knee ligament) having being ruled out for the season.

Marc Albrighton (foot), Richard Dunne (groin) and Gabriel Agbonlahor (knee) are all unavailable for at least the next few weeks.

Samir Carruthers (ankle) rounds off a lengthy injury list for Paul Lambert’s men.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Newcastle have not lost to Aston Villa at St James’ Park since 2005, when they fell to a 3-0 defeat under Graeme Souness.
  • Keiron Dyer and Lee Bowyer were both sent-off for the Magpies that day as the two players engaged in an infamous brawl following an on-field disagreement. Steven Taylor (pictured, right) was also dismissed for handball.

  • Newcastle’s biggest win in recent years came against Aston Villa, as they romped to a 6-0 win in the second game of 2010-11 campaign.

  • Newcastle are just two goals short of 1000 in the Premier League era.
  • Aston Villa have won just 14 of the 73 league encounters between the two sides at St James’ Park.

  • The Villans have failed to score in six of their last eight away matches, including the last four in a row. They have never gone five games in a row away from home without scoring in the Premier League era.

  • Only Sunderland (2) – who have played one less game - have had fewer shots on target than Aston Villa (4) so far this season.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
3Davide SantonDefender
25Danny SimpsonDefender
27Steven TaylorDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
37Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
18Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
9Demba BaStriker
22Stephen HarperGoalkeeper
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
15Dan GoslingMidfielder
-Romain AmalfitanoMidfielder
20Gael BigirimanaMidfielder
8Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
4Ron VlaarDefender
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
43Eric LichajDefender
34Matthew LowtonDefender
32Stephen IrelandMidfielder
6Karim El AhmadiMidfielder
14Brett HolmanMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
2Nathan BakerDefender
-Derrick WilliamsDefender
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
36Graham BurkeStriker
21Jordan Nathaniel BoweryStriker
Players to Watch
Yohan Cabaye
Yohan Cabaye
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Darren Bent
Darren Bent
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 39
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
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