Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Anita, Tioté, Sissoko, de Jong, Gouffran, Remy
Aston Villa (4-4-2): Guzan, Bacuna, Baker, Vlaar, Bertrand, Albrighton, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor
So we haven’t been doing super well lately but Newcastle’s got it over Aston Villa
— Caroline McMullen (@CarolineIsMine) February 20, 2014
Cant wait for newcastle vs aston villa heway the toon
— ELLIE KANE (@elli_kane) February 20, 2014
#nufc welcome back loic remy for visit of aston villa on sunday
— nathan fradgley (@nathanfradgaz) February 17, 2014
How Newcastle wish they still had Johan Cabaye. Here’s a fan’s view of his amazing half-volley against Aston Villa last year.
Newcastle haven’t scored a goal in four consecutive games, so there’s no one else the Toon Army is happier to see than Loic Remy. The Frenchman has already notched 11 goals this season and will be raring to go after missing three matches due to suspension.
Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa: An Alternative Preview
The Magpies are unbeaten in the last seven league games against Villa at St James Park (W4 D3) and in the last five home and away (W3 D2).
Christian Benteke has scored in each of his two Barclays Premier League games against Newcastle United.
Benteke has scored the most headed goals (4) and has attempted the most headed shots (20) in the Premier League this season.
Hatem Ben Arfa has scored in both of his Premier League appearances against Aston Villa.
The last time Aston Villa won at St James Park, the Magpies had three players sent off, including Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer for fighting each other in April 2005.
Aston Villa have played the highest proportion of their passes long in the Premier League this season (16.7%).
Cheick Tioté has attempted more shots at goal without scoring this season in the PL (23; excl. blocked) than any other player.
Newcastle United have now failed to score in seven of their last eight games in the Barclays Premier League.
Alan Pardew’s side have not scored in any of their last four Premier League games at St. James’ Park. The last time they went longer without a goal was August 2007 (six games).
The Magpies have not seen a single English player score a goal for them in any of their last 45 Premier League matches.
Paul Lambert has a lower win percentage in the Premier League at Aston Villa (26.6%) than he did at Norwich City as manager in the competition (31.6%).