Newcastle have just announced an unchanged side form the one that has won the last two games against Liverpool and Tottenham so Steve McClaren has resisted the temptation to start either Aleksandar Mitrovic or Ayoze Perez up front.
However, we should see both young strikers sometime in the second half today.
Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum; Siem de Jong; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Kevin Mbabu, Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran, Florian Thauvin, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez
Cheick Tiote as expected comes in on the subs bench for Jamie Sterry, after he’s fit again after his groin injury.
Newcastle have a decent chance of making it three wins in a row today.
This is what Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has said about our opponents today – Aston Villa:
“We’re sixth in the form guide over the last eight games. Consistency is key and getting consistent performance is a platform.”
“Villa is a totally different game. I’ve watched them three or four times and they have very good players.” “How Villa are only on six points, I don’t know because they have very good players.”
“Let’s not get expectations high. We have to do exactly what we have been doing to get results.” “The key is us and the crowd. The key word tomorrow for everybody is patience.”
“Aston Villa is an opportunity and a challenge to kick on and go on. Can we take it? Are we ready to do it?”
At the time of writing two clubs below us – Chelsea (beating Sunderland 3-1) and Norwich (winning 2-1 at Old Trafford) are both winning – and Bournemouth are 1-0 up against 10 man West Brom – so we have to get 3 points from this game.
And as many as seven in ten fans thinks we can win this game today, so it will be a massive disappointment if we don’t do that.
Howay The Lads!!