Squad sheets: Newcastle United v Aston Villa

Aston Villa may travel to Tyneside with some trepidation given they lost this fixture 6-0 last season

If Shay Given can expect a warm welcome on his return to Tyneside, Darren Bent should brace himself for hostility. As a one-time Sunderland forward Bent is not popular on Gallowgate, from where home fans will watch his intriguing duel with Fabricio Coloccini. Alan Pardew hopes to offer Papisss Demba Cissé, Newcastle's new signing from Freiburg, a debut, quite possibly alongside his Senegal strike partner Demba Ba. Signficantly, Pardew, who managed Bent at Charlton, is not discounting talk of Champions League qualification. Louise Taylor

Venue Sports Direct Arena

Tickets Sold out

Last season Newcastle Utd 6 Aston Villa 0

Referee M Halsey

This season's matches 12 Y30, R0, 2.50 cards per game

Odds Newcastle Utd 21-20 Aston Villa 5-2 Draw 47-20

Newcastle United v Aston Villa: Probable starters in hold, contenders in light
Newcastle United v Aston Villa: Probable starters in hold, contenders in light. Photograph: Graphic Photograph: Graphic

Newcastle Utd

Subs from Harper, Elliot, Perch, Vuckic, Abeid, Gosling, Obertan, Best, Lovenkrands, Ferguson, Shola Ameobi,

Doubtful Cissé, Ba (both jet lag)

Injured Marveaux (groin, Apr), S Taylor (achilles, Aug), Sammy Ameobi (knee, Aug)

Suspended Cabaye (second match of three)

Unavailable Tioté (international duty)

Form guide WLWWLW Disciplinary record Y41 R2

Leading scorer Ba 15

Aston Villa

Subs from Guzan, Agbonlahor, Lichaj, Baker, Bannan, Gardner, Heskey, Weimann, Stevens

Doubtful Agbonlahor (hamstring/back)

Injured Albrighton (thigh, 12 Feb), Collins (calf, 12 Feb), Herd (ankle, Mar)

Suspended None

Form guide DWDLWD

Disciplinary record Y38 R2

Leading scorer Bent 9

Match pointers

• Alex McLeish has won none of his five matches as a manager against Newcastle, drawing two and losing the other three

• Newcastle have lost just two of their last 15 league fixtures on home soil, winning eight and drawing the remaining five

• The visitors are the only team in the Premier League not to have scored from a corner during the current season

• Along with Wigan, Newcastle have conceded more penalties than any other top-flight team so far this campaign (eight)

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