Squad sheets: Aston Villa v Newcastle United

A must-win match for Aston Villa as they look to pull away from relegation trouble against Alan Pardew's men

Following this fixture two seasons ago the home side secured a place in the top six while Newcastle were relegated. How times have changed. Gérard Houllier wants Aston Villa to accrue 10 points from their remaining seven games, a target he feels will ensure they stay in the Premier League. "Excuses are not an option. We want results and points," the Frenchman said. Newcastle are all but safe after last week's 4-1 win over Wolves. They are now looking for the victories which could yet secure them a top-six finish of their own. Tom Clarke

Venue Villa Park, Sunday 4pm

Tickets £15-£41 (0800 612 0970)

Last season n/a

Referee M Halsey

This season's matches 17 Y35, R1, 2.12 cards per game

Odds Aston Villa 4-5 Newcastle 3-1 Draw 12-5

Aston Villa: Probable starters in bold, contenders in light.
Probable starters in bold, contenders in light. Photograph: Graphic Photograph: Graphic

Aston Villa

Subs from Marshall, Petrov, Clark, Cuéllar, Baker, Heskey, Albrighton, Herd, Delph, Pires, Bradley

Doubtful None

Injured None

Suspended None

Form guide DLLWDD

Disciplinary record Y59 R2

Leading scorers Downing, A Young 6


Subs from Krul, S Taylor, Campbell, Ferguson, Vuckic, Ranger, Kuqi, Richardson, Tavernier

Doubtful None

Injured Ben Arfa (broken leg, May), Gosling (knee, May), Best (ankle, Aug), Smith (knee, Aug)

Suspended Nolan (first of two), Perch (first of three), Tioté (last of two)

Ineligible Ireland (terms of loan)

Form guide WLLDWD

Disciplinary record Y67 R2

Leading scorer Nolan 12

Match pointers

• Villa have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team – 23

• Newcastle have conceded 11% of their goals this season from headers, the lowest proportion in the division

• Darren Bent has been caught offside more often than other player in the division – 48

• Shola Ameobi has assisted as many goals as he has scored for Newcastle this season – five

• Six of the last seven games between these sides have resulted in a home win, with the other ending as a draw

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