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  • January 30, 2013
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  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
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Aston Villa - Newcastle Preview: Premier League strugglers look for vital win in relegation six-pointer

Aston Villa - Newcastle Preview: Premier League strugglers look for vital win in relegation six-pointer

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Two teams on poor runs meet at Villa Park hoping to gain a crucial three points with the visitors boosted by a number of signing in the January transfer window

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ASTON VILLA

Guzan
Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett
Delph, Westwood, Ireland
N'Zogbia, Benteke, Agbonlahor

NEWCASTLE


Krul
Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon
Anita, Sissoko
Gutierrez, Cabaye, Marveaux
 Cisse

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is likely to recall striker Christian Benteke for the visit of Newcastle United on Tuesday night, after the Belgium striker missed the FA Cup defeat at Millwall.

Lamber may also be able to call on the services of defender Nathan Baker (hamstring), after the youngster returned to first-team training.

The Villans will be without Marc Albrighton and Chris Herd (both foot), Richard Dunne (groin) and Gary Gardner (knee).

The visitors can call upon the services of a host of their transfer window signings for the first time, with Moussa Sissoko, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Yoan Gouffran all potential debutants.

Danny Simpson (toe) may be fit to return, but with the defensive ranks swelled by the return to fitness of Steven Taylor, and the arrival of several new players, he will not be rushed back into action.

Alan Pardew will have to do without Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Dan Gosling and Ryan Taylor (both knee) and Cheikh Tiote who is with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup on Nations.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Aston Villa have won six and drawn three of the nine games in which Christian Benteke has scored in.
  • The Belgian striker (pictured, right) has been involved in more aerial duels than any other player in the Premier League this season with 268 to his name so far.
  • The West Midlands club have won just twice at Villa Park in the league this season, with maximum points taken from Swansea and Reading.
  • Newcastle have 10 French players in their first team squad - just one less than their English contingent.
  • The Magpies have not won away from home in the Premier League this season. They have five draws and six defeats from their 11 games.
  • No goals have been either scored or conceded by Newcastle during the period of 10 to 40 minutes in any of their away Premier League games this season.

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1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
4Ron VlaarDefender
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
3Joseph BennettDefender
2Nathan BakerDefender
34Matthew LowtonDefender
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
15Ashley WestwoodMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
20C. BentekeStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
43Eric LichajDefender
32Stephen IrelandMidfielder
14Brett HolmanMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
21Jordan Nathaniel BoweryStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
3Davide SantonDefender
14James PerchMidfielder
2Mathieu DebuchyDefender
27Steven TaylorDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
7Moussa SissokoMidfielder
15Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
11Yoan GouffranMidfielder
22Stephen HarperGoalkeeper
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
13Mapou Yanga-MbiwaDefender
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
20Gael BigirimanaMidfielder
23Shola AmeobiStriker
28Sammy AmeobiStriker

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