Aston Villa vs Newcastle – Confirmed Starting XIs

Rafa Benitez’s brief tenure at Newcastle United couldn’t have gone much better so far. The club are currently out of the bottom three and now that a win at Villa Park will keep them out of the drop zone at least until midweek.

Although it isn’t in the Magpies hands, they are closer to safety than they thought they may’ve been just a fortnight or so a go. Rafa Benitez has worked wonders, admittedly with a talented squad, but desperately needs to defeat a sorry Aston Villa this afternoon.

Villa’s relegation is unsurprisingly confirmed and their players are now playing for their individual futures. The debacle at Villa Park this season is at disastrous as any the Premier League has witnessed and another drubbing at the hands of Newcastle is not beyond the realms of possibility.

Could Newcastle find one final push to pile the pressure on Sunderland? Its all down to these XIs…