Demba Ba is set to make a start for Newcastle at Villa Park today.
In fact the team is a little bit of a surprise with Pardew continuing to play in a 4-4-2 formation and Demba Ba coming in for Shola Ameobi up front, is the only change from the side that drew at QPR at last Monday.
Shola had a poor game last Monday night at QPR, and was expected to be on the bench today, and Rob Elliot remains the back-up goalkeeper, in preference to veteran Steve Harper.
James Perch comes in on the bench, but Dan Gosling is not a substitute today, surprisingly enough.
But they’ll probably be involved at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night in the Carling Cup.
Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given is in goal for Aston Villa and former winger Charles N’Zogbia also starts.
Let’s at least hope we can remain unbeaten today.
Howay The Lads!!
Aston Villa (4-4-2): Shay Given; Alan Hutton, James Collins, Richard Dunne, Stephen Warnock; Barry Bannan, Stiliyan Petrov, Fabian Delph, Charles N’Zogbia; Gabriel Agbonlahor, Darren Bent
Substitutes: Brad Guzan, Chris Herd, Shane Lowry, Gary Gardner, Stephen Ireland, Marc Albrighton, Nathan Delfouneso
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Demba Ba
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Perch, Danny Guthrie, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi