Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has surprisingly made two changes to his starting line-up, from the team that hammered Wolves 4-1 last weekend.
Steven Taylor comes in for the suspended captain Kevin Nolan, while 19 year-old striker Nile Ranger gets his first Premier League start ever, in place of Shola Ameobi, who is suffering from a knee injury.
So the injury jinx hits Shola again, and this lad has always had a hard job staying fit.
The only change is really Steven Taylor for Kevin Nolan, but we thought it would be Ryan Taylor replacing Nolan, and that he would play right wing with Joey Barton in central midfield.
Argentine international Fabricio Coloccini will now probably play in a central midfield role alongside Danny Guthrie, with Steven Taylor at center-back.
This seems a very odd team selection, and we again are having players playing out of position, and Ryan Taylor doesn’t get the start we thought he would get, and we assume Joey Barton will stay out on the right wing.
We have to assume Coloccini and Nolan play in central midfield, unless Guthrie starts on the right wing, and Joey Barton is played in central midfield, and we like that latter formation.
Kevin Nolan, Cheick Tiote and James Perch are all not available because of suspensions, and Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling, Alan Smith and Leon Best are out with injuries.
Stephen Ireland is not allowed to play against his own club, so there are 8 players not available for today’s game, for one reason or another.
It’s an odd looking Newcastle side to us, but the lads must go out and win this game, and make up for the heartaches and despair of two years ago.
Howay The Lads!!
See after the teams, some information from reader Geordie German about how to get the match on the PC, if you cannot get it on TV today.
Aston Villa: (4-4-2): Brad Friedel; Kyle Walker, Richard Dunne, Luke Young; Ashley Young, Jean Makoun, Stiliyan Petrov (c), Stewart Downing; Darren Bent, Gabby Agbonlahor
Subs: Andy Marshall, Ciaran Clark, Carlos Cuellar, Nigel Reo-Coker, Robert Pires, Marc Albrighton, Emile Heskey
Newcastle (4-4-2): Steve Harper; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique; Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez; Nile Ranger, Peter Lovenkrands
Subs: Tim Krul, James Tavernier, Ryan Taylor, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Donaldson, Michael Richardson, Shefki Kuqi
Here’s information form Geordie German on how to get the game on the PC:
I have found these two sites the best to watch Newcastle games on-line:
The best way to watch is with Sopcast or Veetle. Here are the links to download.
The advantage with Sopcast is you can (as I found out today) record – here is a site that explains how to do that: