The Aston Villa game today is one in which Newcastle just have to get down to business, and try to get a result at Villa Park.
Itâ€™s an early KO at 12:45 PM local time this afternoon, and of course Aston Villa are probably still smarting from their 2-1 defeat at Craven Cottage last weekend, so they’ll definitely be ready for this game.
Newcastle will have Faye, Beye, Viduka and left back Jose Enrique available for selection. Jose came through a full game for the Spanish Under 21 side in their 2-0 win over France last Wednesday evening.Â Charles Nâ€™Zogbia also played in that game, but Charles will not be available for today, since he is suspended for one game due to collecting 5 yellow cards.
Both Emre and Barton are available again and because of their creativity and good form last weekend, we suspect that Keegan will want to start both of them. We think Kevin will have Damien Duff starting on the bench, since he did play a full game for Ireland against Brazil in midweek. James Milner missed out last week and we think Kevin may just rest Damien this week – but we still expect Duff to play some part in tomorrow’s game.Â Oba Martins will not play because of the ankle injury he picked up training with Nigeria in Ghana.Â This is the team we exepct Kevin to name, but with so many choices, there may be some shocks in the team Keegan names today.
Beye Cacapa Taylor Enrique
Milner Faye Barton Emre
Subs: Harper Carr Butt Duff Smith
On the Aston Villa side, Ashley Young looks set to start after his suspension last weekend, and defender Curtis Davies, on loan from West Bromwich Albion, has recovered from a knee injury picked up against Fulham last Sunday.
As we mentioned yesterday, leading goal scorer Gabriel Agbonlahor is not available after picking up an injury last week. It turns out that Agbonlahor has played in every one of the 70 games Villa have had since Martin O’Neil as manager, so this will be the first game he has missed.
Villa may also be without midfielder Stiliyan Petrov, who didnâ€™t play for Bulgaria last week due to concussion. Former West Ham striker Marlon Harewood may start in place of Agbonlahor, which will be Marlonâ€™s first start for his new club.Â So Newcastle may have a chance in this game since Villa have some of their better players missing.
That’s it – roll on this afternoon.
Let us know what you think – isn’t it about time we celebrated a win?Â Â Hope we can make a breakthrough tomorrow.
Comments are always very welcome.