Unchanged Team At Villa Park – De Jong On Bench


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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.

Teams:

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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486 comments so far

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #1

    the love affair with dummet continues! was there any doubt obertan would be there over aarons?? i pray its just for show and that scrub never sees the pitch

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  • L.ARAVIND

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #2

    i am quite diassapointed with the team selection….but just hope we win 2-0….all the best

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Why do we always have a LB on the bench?
    Anyways gutted to see Aarons dropped, this is exactly the kind of game you want to see him get a run in

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Senderos, Vlaar, Cissokho, Westwood, Delph, Richardson, Weimann, N’Zogbia, Agbonlahor.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #5

    We have to show far more ambition today than what we did against City as Riviere was isolated for the entire game, Pardew has to set us up to go for the win, to impose our game on Villa and not simply try to contain and nick a point. We have the players to win but need to manager to set us up to go for the win

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  • Average_Contents

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Obertron? Again? Ffs he’s dogshit! Is aarons injured? If not that’s a fcuking disgrace tbh!

    Much rather have hairdryer than dummett too

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    haidara and de jong for gouffran and dummett. aarons should be on the bench. disappointed

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  • geordie157

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Surprised Aarons isn’t on the bench, much better option than Obertan. Imagine Aarons and Ferrerya will start in the cup game then.

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  • colwell

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Anyone just hear on BT sport that Pards thinks he may sign a striker tomorrow that would be awesome

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #10

    The Villa team sheet is possibly one of the least intimidating in the league full of unknowns crocks and has beens

    No excuse not to go and play in the front foot from the off

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  • ToonJovi

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #11

    How has Gouffy made the team again! Awful performance last wk for me! Proved yet again he is not starting xl quality…

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  • JackButler

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Still no Mapou 🙁

    how serious is his injury???

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  • L.ARAVIND

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #13

    pardew’s handling of young player has been very very poor….even when we lost each and every game he didnt start armstrong last season and Adam campbell didnt get chance to prove himself…now it is the same case with aarons…..SHIT AP..

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  • colwell

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Neil Warnock said he spoke to Pards last night and said about signing a striker tomorrow.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Yohan
    I’d imagine SDJ is a precaution

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  • colwell

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #16

    And we are after a CB still

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  • Belfast

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #17

    Strong bench Ed really?
    Looks a bit weak to me.

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  • Slank

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Understand playing the same team as they played so well against City.

    Sensible to have De Jong on the bench as he hasn’t played for awhile now.

    Don’t see why we need two defenders on the bench. Only need Saylor on the bench as Colback and Anita can each cover left back and right back respectively with Sissoko moving into the middle.

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #19

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRGGHH

    What can possibly be the reasoning for choosing Obertan over Aarons??????????? Give youth the chance, not someone who has failed to deliver in his whole career, exactly what are we expecting to suddenly change for Obertan now???? He will not improve again, its like Shoal getting a few goals just as his contract was coming up and getting another one.

    Otherwise starting team is ok, SDJ on bench makes sense if fitness is not 100%.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Apart from de jong obviously

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  • magpie6699

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Unchanged team seems a reasonable start. Yes, I prefer Haidara to Dummett and yes, I would rather see Aarons than Obertan on the bench although I didn’t think he was that good or Obertan that bad against Citeh.
    One question: Seeing people get so het up about Pardew’s selections and subs bench, did you always agree with SBR’s or KK’s choices? Loved them both (KK diminished a bit since for me) but didn’t agree with some of their selections at the time, I’m sure.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #22

    Cowell
    Let’s just wait and see, can’t see a CF being bought in unless Cisse is shipped out

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  • JAMSHA(PARDEW SLAYER)

    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #23

    HOW DOES DUMBO GETS A NOD AHEAD OF HAIDERA

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  • colwell

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #24

    TADS

    Must be something in the pipeline, unless Warnock is lying? For Pards to say that him to last night. Who know’s..

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Have we had “issues” with ref Mike Dean in the past?

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #26

    omg come on ,

    I was told that the team last picked last week was because we were playing man c
    so we are playing a team that is tipped to be bottom 5 come the end of the season , he picks the same team,

    we are setting up here to nick a point , when this should be a game we should go out and dominate , show some attacking spirit you knob ,

    arrrrrr I hate that man

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  • JAMSHA(PARDEW SLAYER)

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #27

    pardew is doing the same mistake… like he did wen jonas was off form an yet picked him up… now its dummet his new lover

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #28

    who is betting obertron is on the pitch today, playing 20 mins

    will that be us down to 10 men again

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Frustrating bench, Aarons should be there over Obertan every single day of the week.

    Annoyed De Jong isn’t starting but he probably needs to bed in a little more.

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #30

    no Aarons on the bench yet sqidworth is taking up valuable space

    is Aarons injured

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Look at Villa’s front 3 they all have pace to burn against our slow as hell backline !!!

    We have pace against their slow backline as well so it could be quite an open game as both teams are terrible at the back !!

    We always seem to play well against Villa so I think a 2 -1 which will be harder fought than it needs to be !

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Catchy
    So what team would you of picked?
    Have a big issue with Aarons being dropped but apart from Haidara can’t see what real changes are there to be made to the starting 11

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  • roblee7

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #33

    where is Ferreyra?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Would liked to have seen Aarons on the bench especially ahead of Obertron, but until the game kicks off I think we should hold our breaths as to whether we’re trying to nick a point, although he’s got a clean slate a defensive performance today and a display even half as bad as Palace last season next week will have the crowd on his back, I think he has to go for it this afternoon.

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  • optimistic prime

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Disappointed in Oba being on the bench, not surprised Aaron’s isn’t a sub and we probs won’t see him agafn.

    Lb always a f ing Lb, why?

    It’s obvious Pardew doesn’t trust any player in his squad unless there a starting 11 player.

    How many youth or fringe players have broken into the first team under Pardew?

    Or how many players have progressed under Pardew?

    It’s a complete waste of players having a squad of 24 if your only willing to give just over half a chance, not sure on last year but the previous two seasons we used least amount of players in the league.

    Then he winged our squad isn’t big enough or good enough!

    Htf would he know?
    He doesn’t play them!

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  • cyprus

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Dummett must be doing something right in training, as he does seem too slow for the PL. Obertan?! Come on man.

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Finally some more positive notes from pardew ahead of today’s game “we want to play with more of an entertaining fizz to our game and more technicality” CMON LADS!!

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  • geordie157

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Disappointed Aarons isn’t playing, but I think he’s going to start vs Gillingham, as will Abeid and Ferrerya

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #39

    tads,
    As a I’m not a coach or manager I’m not best qualified to comment, but I still can’t understand why Haidara played all the pre season games and looked ok, yet Dummet has got the nod, what made Jonas a firm favourite despite needing to be dropped then all of a sudden an outcast, why on earth is Obertron on the bench despite his clueless, headless chicken like performance against City.

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  • sportsdirect

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Catchy
    Same question you have just been asked. What would be your 11 from the options available?
    You like to trash talk but never seem to put forward your alternative.
    Aarons is a young player finding his way in PL football. SDJ coming back from injury. Ferrayra again a young player. Yanga, Tiote n Cisse injured.
    Put yr money where yr mouth is son.

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