Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At Villa Park


Loic Remy makes his full Newcastle United debut at Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League (3pm kick-off).

The on-loan striker's inclusion is one of two changes by Magpies' manager Alan Pardew from their victory over Fulham last time out, with Yohan Cabaye also stepping up into the starting line-up at Villa Park.

Dropping out are Shola Ameobi and Sylvain Marveaux, although the latter is named among the substitutes.

As well as the personnel, there is also a change in formation for United, who will go 4-3-3 as they look to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to four matches.

The back five remain unchanged, meaning goalkeeper Tim Krul is protected by a defence of Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, captain Fabricio Coloccini and Davide Santon.

Cabaye joins Moussa Sissoko and Vurnon Anita in the middle of the park, allowing Remy and Hatem Ben Arfa to join Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse in a three-pronged front line.

On the bench there is a place for Steven Taylor, who returns having served a three-game ban, and he is joined by Marveaux, Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, fit-again Cheick Tiote, Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran.


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)