SATURDAY's meeting is the 142nd match between the two clubs, and the 135th in the league.
Our overall record against Villa is: P141 W61 D29 L51 F224 A227
Our overall home record against Villa is: P69 W43 D12 L14 F149 A88
Our overall Premiership record against Villa is: P24 W13 D7 L4 F38 A22
Our best win at St. James' Park against Villa was a 6-1 success on April 26, 1962
Our heaviest home defeat was a 5-2 loss on April 8, 1908
The most goals in a fixture at St. James' Park between the sides came in a 7-5 win for us on March 10, 1928
The last hat-trick in this fixture was scored by Dwight Yorke in a 4-3 win for Newcastle at St. James' on September 30, 1996
The last red cards shown in this fixture were to Steven Taylor, Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer at St. James' on April 2, 2005

BOTH teams go into the game with three wins and three defeats in their last six Premiership matches.
Villa have conceded 12 goals on their travels this term. Only Fulham and Blackburn (13) have shipped more away from home in the league.
In total, Villa have conceded 22 Premiership goals. Only Sunderland (30) and West Brom (24) have conceded more.
If the match finishes level, Villa will become the first side in Premiership history to draw 150 times.
Villa are also one short of conceding 600 goals in the Premiership. They have also conceded more penalties (five) than any other Premiership side this season.

SATURDAY'S Hero is Ruel Fox, who played for Newcastle United between 1994 and 1995.
Signed from Norwich City, he made 70 appearances for the Magpies and scored 14 goals before departing for Tottenham Hotspur.

MATCH referee is Alan Wiley, who was last at St. James's for the 1-1 draw with Fulham back in September.