The Newcastle team has just been announced and both Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye start, but Vurnon Anita also keeps his place in the side, but Shola Ameobi doesn’t even make the bench for the game today.
And as expect Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa keeps his place in central defense, even though Steven Taylor had served his three match ban for getting sent off at Manchester City in the first game of the season.
And there’s no sign of Jonas Gutierrez, even on the bench, and we had assumed he had recovered from his injury and was available for today’s game.
Local lad Paul Dummett also makes the bench for today’s game and there’s a lot of senior Newcastle players not in the match day squad of 18 today.
Newcastle will also play in a 4-3-3 formation, with the front men being Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Loic Remy, and it’s good to see Anita keep his place after some very tidy performances for Newcastle so far this season.
It’s a tough game today, but if Newcastle can play somewhere near their best form and the defense is solid, we should be able to get something at Villa Park this afternoon.
A win would be great, but a point would also be very decent.
Howay The Lads!!
Aston Villa (4-3-3): Brad Guzan; Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar (c), Jores Okore, Antonio Luna; Karim El Ahmadi, Ashley Westwood, Fabian Delph; Gabriel Agbonlahor, Christian Benteke, Andreas Weimann
Substitutes: Jed Steer, Ciaran Clark, Yacouba Sylla, Aleksandar Tonev, Leandro Bacuna, Nicklas Helenius, Libor Kozak
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Yohan Cabaye; Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Loic Remy
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran
Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)