Alan Pardew has named an unchanged team for the game at Villa Park today, but Siem de Jong is on the bench and could make his competitive debut for the club today.
Alan Pardew is keeping with the 4-2-3-1 formation he used last week, in the 2-0 defeat at home by Manchester City.
Aston Villa: (4-2-3-1): Brad Guzan; Alan Hutton, Ron Vlaar, Philippe Senderos, Aly Cissokho; Fabian Delph, Ashley Westwood; Andreas Weimann, Kieran Richardson, Charles N’Zogbia; Gabby Agbonlahor
Substitutes: Shay Given, Nathan Baker, Leandro Bacuna, Joe Cole, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Grealish, Darren Bent
Newcastle: (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran; Emmanuel Riviere
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Siem de Jong, Ayoze Perez
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
The bench is strong and Ayoze Perez and Gabby Obertan, who did well in the second half last Sunday against City keep their places, but it’s unfortunate that Aarons has lost his place.
For Aston Villa former winger Charles N’Zogbia starts and Shay Given is on the bench.
This is what Alan Pardew said earlier this week about the game at Villa, and about manager Paul Lambert and new assistant manager Roy Keane:
“Roy is a good football person and a good person to have in the dressing room, but I also think Paul Lambert is a great manager.”
“It strengthens his hands to have good people around him, as John is for me.”
“I am looking forward to testing the technical game we are going to have.” “We face a Villa side which has just picked up an away win and in the Premier League.”
“That is gold-dust, so they will be feeling fairly confident to turn us over at home and we have to make sure we are a really stiff opposition.” “They have good players – they still carry great players, Aston Villa, and it will be a difficult game.”
“We had our best stats against City since I have been manager in terms of passing and possession and a foothold in the game, but expect us to have a little bit more against Aston Villa.”
“Therefore, particularly Cabella should see more of the ball and make more moments happen.” “He is an exciting player. “He plays with a smile on his face, we have enjoyed his company so far.”
“Villa Park is somewhere where we have played well and we have proved we can win there.”
It will be a tough game today at Villa Park, but we should get some idea of just how good our new players are – we’re hoping for all 3 points today.
Howay The Lads!!
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