Newcastle United will look to cement their place in the Premier League top four on Saturday by hosting Aston Villa live on talkSPORT 2.
The Magpies are flying at the moment, and after a 2-1 win over Tottenham, they head into this game full of confidence.
Eddie Howe’s side have the best defensive record in the league and have lost just once in the Premier League at St James’ Park in 2022.
Meanwhile, new Aston Villa boss Unai Emery will not be on the touchline, meaning Aaron Danks will handle his final game as caretaker boss.
Emery is not expected to be present, but he will undoubtedly watch the game.
Villa beat Brentford 4-0 at home last weekend so he will travel to Newcastle in good spirits.
But they haven’t won in Tyneside’s top flight since a 3-0 victory in 2005 when the hosts finished the game with eight men.
Newcastle vs Aston Villa: Date and talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash is set to take place on Saturday, October 29.
Kick-off at St James’ Park is scheduled for 3pm.
Coverage on talkSPORT 2 will begin at 2.30pm with Dan Windle, and commentary will come from Ian Danter and former Wolves striker Chris Iwelumo.
talkSPORT.com will also have all the reactions from the game.
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Newcastle vs Aston Villa: Team news
Newcastle: Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, Longstaff, Bruno Guimaraes, Willock, Almiron, Wilson, Joelinton.
submarines: Lascelles, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Targett, Karius, Manquillo, Wood, Fraser, Murphy.
AstonVilla: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Young, Dendoncker, Douglas Luiz, Watkins, Buendia, Bailey, Ings.
submarines: McGinn, Sanson, Chambers, Bednarek, Coutinho, Olsen, Worthy, Archer, Ramsey.
Newcastle vs Aston Villa: what was said?
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe: “That’s it for us. We give everything as a coaching team and as players to win.
“It’s our goal every week, so when you’re able to achieve it there’s a feeling of satisfaction, although for me a brief moment before we focus on the next one.”
Aston Villa caretaker boss Aaron Danks: “The players have been really good. We asked them to give us feedback as a group, and then individually I bypassed them.
“They were positive about the performance (v Brentford), individually how they did and collectively how they did.
“They want to keep moving forward. They know where they should be personally and where we want this team to be.
“They’re all really determined to keep pushing us.”
Newcastle vs Aston Villa: Match Facts
- Newcastle United are unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League home games against Aston Villa (W7 D6) since a 3-0 defeat in April 2005 with three Magpies players red cards (Steven Taylor, Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer).
- The last 10 Premier League meetings between Newcastle and Aston Villa have seen just 14 goals scored (9 for Villa, 5 for Newcastle). The Magpies haven’t scored more than once in a Premier League game against the Villans since a 2-1 win in September 2013.
- 21 points from 12 games marks Newcastle’s best return at this stage of a Premier League campaign since 2011-12 (25 points). It’s the first time Newcastle have played a Premier League game while starting the day in the top four since April 2012, and a 4-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic.
- Newcastle have won more points than any other Premier League side so far in October (13 – W4 D1 L0). They last won more in a single calendar month when competing in April 2006 (16).
- Aston Villa beat Brentford 4-0 last time out and are seeking back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since May. However, they have lost 11 of their last 12 (D1) to teams starting the day in the top four.
- Aston Villa are winless in their last seven Premier League away games (D2 L5), with only Nottingham Forest (1) and Wolves (2) scoring fewer road goals this season than the Villans (3).
- Newcastle have conceded fewer goals than any other Premier League side this season (10). Only two of them have been in the opening 45 minutes as the Magpies have not conceded in any of their last eight Premier League games in the first half – their longest streak for nine between April 2016 and September 2017 .
- Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has won four of his five Premier League games against Aston Villa (80%), his best win ratio against any team he has faced more than once in the competition .
- Newcastle’s Miguel Almirón is enjoying his best Premier League goalscoring season, scoring six goals in 12 appearances so far. Indeed, he has scored five goals in his last five games in the competition and is looking to score three in a row for the first time.
- Danny Ings scored twice in Aston Villa’s 4-0 win over Brentford last time out, ending an eight-game Premier League drought. He last scored in back-to-back appearances in May, which was the last time the Villans won back-to-back league games.
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