Alan Pardew has named an unchanged side from the one that lost 2-0 to Chelsea last weekend, for this afternoon’s important game at St. James’ Park against pointless Aston Villa, who are currently anchored at the bottom of the Premier League.
Vurnon Anita again deputizes for the Ivory Coast International, who we assume will not be available for the African Cup of Nations playoff tie against Senegal during the International break – we hope.
Gael Bigirimana, Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux, who were all impressive on Thursday night in the 1-0 win against Atrmotis, make the bench for this game.
For Aston Villa, former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given only makes the bench, with American Brad Guzan in goal, and Stephen Ireland, who was on loan at Newcastle and played a few games, starts the game for Villa.
We’ve got to get the win today.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux
Aston Villa (4-4-2): Brad Guzan; Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Eric Lichaj; Brett Holman, Karim El Ahamadi, Stephen Ireland, Barry Bannan; Andreas Weimann, Darren Bent
Substitutes: Shay Given, Nathan Baker, Derrick Williams, Graham Burke, Charles N’Zogbia, Jordan Bowery, Gabriel Agbonlahor
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