Daryl Janmaat
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Newcastle United entertain Aston Villa on Saturday in Barclays Premier League action at St. James' Park (3pm kick-off).

Both teams go into the game on the back of defeats - the Magpies suffering a 5-0 reverse at champions Manchester City, while Villa - under the tutelage of new boss Tim Sherwood - went down 2-1 at home to Stoke City, despite taking the lead.

When the sides met earlier this season, they played out a goalless draw in the West Midlands. Clear-cut chances were few and far between at Villa Park, with United reduced to ten men late on following a red card for centre-back Mike Williamson.

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Saturday's meeting is the 159th match between the two clubs, and the 152nd in the league. United have won more league games against Aston Villa than against any other club.

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23rd August, 2014 - Aston Villa 0 Newcastle United 0

Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Brad Guzan; Alan Hutton, Ron Vlaar, Philippe Senderos, Aly Cissokho (Nathan Baker 83); Ashley Westwood, Fabian Delph; Andreas Weimann, Charles N'Zogbia (Carlos Sanchez 63), Kieran Richardson (Darren Bent 76); Gabriel Agbonlahor

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita (Siem de Jong 70), Jack ColbackMoussa Sissoko, Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran; Emmanuel Riviere (Ayoze Perez 77, Steven Taylor 90)

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(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - LDDWLL
Aston Villa - LWLLLW

Newcastle (v Manchester City, Premier League): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat (Ryan Taylor 70), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Mehdi Abeid 46), Jack Colback; Ayoze Perez, Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 86)
Subs not used: Freddie Woodman, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Armstrong, Emmanuel Riviere

Aston Villa (v Stoke City, Premier League): Brad Guzan; Alan Hutton, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Kieran Richardson (Aly Cissokho 42); Carlos Sanchez, Fabian Delph; Carles Gil (Andreas Weimann 58), Scott Sinclair, Gabriel Agbonlahor; Christian Benteke
Subs not used: Shay Given, Jores Okore, Leandro Bacuna, Ashley Westwood

Newcastle - Jonas Gutierrez has been named in the matchday squad and could make the substitutes' bench. The Argentine has not kicked a ball for the first team since October 2013 and has recently overcome testicular cancer. Full-back Daryl Janmaat is expect to be fit after being withdrawn as a precaution at Manchester City last weekend. Midfielder Jack Colback begins a two-game suspension, while Remy Cabella (knee), Paul Dummett (knee), Cheick Tiote (knee), Siem de Jong (collapsed lung), Rolando Aarons (hamstring) and Steven Taylor (Achilles) are all sidelined.

Aston Villa - Captain Ron Vlaar is suspended following his red card against Stoke. Full-backs Alan Hutton and Aly Cissokho are both doubts after suffering knocks last weekend, while midfielder Kieran Richardson (calf), centre-back Philippe Senderos (calf), Chris Herd (knee), Nathan Baker (knee) and Libor Kozak (broken leg) are definitely ruled out of the clash on Tyneside.

John Carver, Newcastle head coach: "A win against Villa is important as we've got some big games coming up, there's a bit of pressure but we've got to handle that. I've seen the difference in the Villa team since Tim (Sherwood) has taken over. He's going from back to front a little bit quicker. Every game is difficult and Aston Villa will be no different. I know they've been on a long run but they've got Tim's input now, who will have different ideas. They've got a new lease of life and look to have a lot of energy so it's not going to be an easy game."

Tim Sherwood, Aston Villa manager: "I went there (Newcastle) last season and had a good result (with Tottenham) and I am hoping to do the same this time. It was good - one of our best performances. We know it can be a tough place to go and play, but it can also be tough for them as the home team. There's a lot of expectancy there and we are hoping to take advantage of that. You need to make sure you stay in the game for as long as you can. Hopefully you get some anxiety among the home fans and take advantage."

Lee Mason (Lancashire): 2014/15 record - 21 game, 69 yellow cards, 5 red cards

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Aston Villa are the only Premier League team not to have won a league game in 2015.