By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United travel to Aston Villa on Saturday in the Barclays Premier League (3pm kick-off).
The Magpies will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to four games, while Villa have already suffered two Premier League defeats this season - at the hands of Chelsea and Liverpool.
Saturday's meeting is the 156th match between the two clubs, and the 149th in the league. Newcastle have won more league games against Aston Villa than against any other club.
Tickets for Newcastle's allocation are no longer on sale.
January 29th, 2013 - Aston Villa 1 (Benteke 49pen) Newcastle United 2 (Cisse 19, Cabaye 31)
Aston Villa (3-5-2): Brad Guzan; Nathan Baker, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark; Matthew Lowton, Ashley Westwood, Charles N'Zogbia, Barry Bannan, Joe Bennett (Andreas Weimann 46); Darren Bent (Gabriel Agbonlahor 46), Christian Benteke
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; James Perch (Shola Ameobi 69), Yohan Cabaye; Yoan Gouffran (Vurnon Anita 74), Moussa Sissoko (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 79), Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse
FULL RECORD v ASTON VILLA
P155 W67 D33 L55 F245 A242
(Last six games - all competitions)
Aston Villa - WLLWWW
Newcastle - WWDLDD
Aston Villa (v Rotherham, Capital One Cup): Jed Steer; Leandro Bacuna, Jores Okore, Ron Vlaar, Joe Bennett; Karim El Ahmadi, Ashley Westwood, Fabian Delph (Yacouba Sylla 60); Andreas Weimann, Christian Benteke (Nicklas Helenius 67), Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aleksandar Tonev 67)
Not used: Brad Guzan, Ciaran Clark, Chris Herd, Matthew Lowton
Newcastle (v Fulham, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Yohan Cabaye 65), Sylvain Marveaux (Loic Remy 74); Shola Ameobi (Yoan Gouffran 65), Papiss Cisse
Not used: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Dan Gosling, Sammy Ameobi
Aston Villa - Deadline day signing Libor Kozak could make his debut after arriving from Lazio, while Antonio Luna and Nathan Baker could be fit following knocks. However, ex-Magpie Charles N'Zogbia is a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.
Newcastle - Centre-back Steven Taylor is available for selection again, having served a three-game suspension, and he could be joined by fit-again Cheick Tiote who has recovered from a groin injury. Gabriel Obertan, Mike Williamson and Jonas Gutierrez are doubts, while Massadio Haidara (hamstring) and Ryan Taylor (knee) are ruled out.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Paul Lambert, Aston Villa manager: "Newcastle is a huge football club and Alan has done great up there. They've got some really top players and this is a tough game, but we're certainly playing really well at the minute and will go into the game with a lot of confidence. We are ready for this one."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "If you look at Aston Villa and ourselves - in terms of the finances we have available - we are very similar clubs. And therefore it's a big game for us, one that could determine our position in the league at the end of the season. It's important we get a result."
Mike Dean (The Wirral): 2013/14 record - 3 games, 10 yellow cards, 0 red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Habib Beye, John Burridge, Franz Carr, Tommy Craig, David Ginola, Shay Given, Marlon Harewood, Stephen Ireland, James Milner, Charles N'Zogbia, Nolberto Solano, Alan Thompson, Steve Watson, Peter Withe
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DID YOU KNOW?
Aston Villa's front three of Christian Benteke, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann scored 75 per cent of their league goals during the 2012/13 campaign.