By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United's first away trip of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season is to Aston Villa on Saturday (12.45pm kick-off).
Both sides go into the fixture in contrasting fortunes from their first match of the campaign, with United suffering a 2-0 home defeat by Manchester City, but Villa securing all three points away at Stoke City.
When they met last term, the Magpies recorded the double over their Midlands opponents, with a 2-1 victory at Villa Park in September, followed by a last-gasp single-goal victory on Tyneside in February.
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Saturday's fixture is the 158th match between the two clubs, and the 151st in the league. United have won more league games against Aston Villa than any other club.
Newcastle's allocation for this fixture has sold out.
23rd February, 2014 - Newcastle United 1 (Remy 90) Aston Vila 0
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (Dan Gosling 89), Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse (Luuk de Jong 72), Loic Remy
Aston Villa (4-3-3): Brad Guzan; Leandro Bacuna, Ron Vlaar, Nathan Baker, Ryan Bertrand (Joe Bennett 76); Ashley Westwood (Yacouba Sylla 60), Fabian Delph, Karim El Ahmadi; Andreas Weimann, Christian Benteke, Gabriel Agbonlahor
FULL RECORD v ASTON VILLA
P157 W69 D33 L55 F248 A243
(Last six games - all competitions)
Aston Villa - WDWLLW
Newcastle - LWDWLW
Aston Villa (v Stoke City, Premier League): Brad Guzan; Alan Hutton, Ron Vlaar, Philippe Senderos, Aly Cissokho; Charles N'Zogbia (Jack Grealish 70), Fabian Delph, Ashley Westwood, Kieran Richardson, Andreas Weimann (Leandro Bacuna 82); Gabriel Agbonlahor
Not used: Shay Given, Nathan Baker, Ciaran Clark, Karim El Ahmadi, Darren Bent
Newcastle (v Manchester City, Premier League): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita (Gabriel Obertan 63), Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran (Rolando Aarons 74); Emmanuel Riviere (Ayoze Perez 83)
Not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Mehdi Abeid
Aston Villa - New signing Carlos Sanchez is in the Villa squad for Saturday's game, having signed from Elche earlier this week. Fellow summer arrival Joe Cole is fit following a thigh injury and could be involved in the fixture, but Christian Benteke (calf) and Libor Kozak (broken leg) are long-term absentees.
Newcastle - Siem de Jong is in contention to make his United bow after recovering from a calf injury, but midfielder Cheick Tiote remains sidelined with a hamstring complaint. Also ruled out are Papiss Cisse (knee) and Davide Santon (knee), while Ryan Taylor is back in training but still some way from a return to action.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Paul Lambert, Aston Villa manager: "You can talk about inconsistency but (Newcastle) have always finished strongly, they have always been up there. It is a club with high expectancy levels as well, a bit like ourselves. Alan Pardew has done a really good job. There's only so many teams can get into Europe, there's only so many teams can win the title. But they are still a great club and it'll be a tough game."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "We face a Villa side which has just picked up an away win and in the Premier League. That is gold-dust, so they will be feeling fairly confident to turn us over at home and we have to make sure we are a really stiff opposition. They have good players - they still carry great players, and it will be a difficult game. But Villa Park is somewhere where we have played well and we have proved we can win there."
Mike Dean (The Wirral): 2014/15 record - 1 game, 6 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 failed to score in 42 per cent of their Premier League games last season.