Predicted Newcastle XI v Aston Villa: De Jong to make debut

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Newcastle are preparing to face Aston Villa this weekend, and we predict the Magpies starting XI for the game.

Newcastle lost their opening game of the season at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday, but their performance was encouraging and they will hope to take all three points from this weekend's early kick-off on Saturday.

Alan Pardew is likely to keep his team much the same, though Siem de Jong is expected to make his debut after recovering from a knock that ruled him out of the game against City.

Here is the starting lineup we expect Newcastle to field for the game against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon:

Tim Krul

Krul will keep his place between the sticks but will be hoping to keep a clean-sheet against Villa after conceding twice against City last weekend.

Daryl Janmaat

The Dutchman is expected to keep his place at right-back but will hope to be more influential going forward this time around. Janmaat will take time to adapt to life in the Premier League but he will be a regular in the lineup nonetheless.

Fabricio Coloccini

Coloccini should keep his place in the side as captain and is another who will want to shore up the Magpies backline after conceding twice in the opening game. Newcastle defended well for much of the game and were unlucky to concede so late but Coloccini could have maybe done better against Aguero for the second goal.

Michael Williamson

Williamson looks likely to start once again as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is a doubt for this game as he is still struggling with a knock. He was excellent in the opening game against City as he won six of eight headers while also making nine clearances and two blocks and deserves to start at Villa this weekend.

Paul Dummett

Massadio Haidara is in contention to start at left-back ahead of Dummett but the 22-year-old will hope to keep his place after a relatively solid showing against the Champions last week. Davide Santon will hope to reclaim the role at left-back when he returns from injury, but Dummett has the chance to impress on a weekly basis until then.

Jack Colback

Colback was impressive on his debut last weekend and as a result is expected to keep his place in the centre of the Newcastle midfield. The former Sunderland man won three of three tackles and enjoyed a pass completion rate of 90.2%.

Moussa Sissoko

Sissoko is expected to drop into a deeper midfield role for this weekend's trip to Villa with De Jong expected to start. Sissoko will be able to make more of an impact from deeper in the midfield and will likely start alongside Colback in a solid pairing.

Remy Cabella

The new arrival was very impressive on his debut against City despite the loss and he could thrive this weekend against weaker opposition in Aston Villa. Cabella is likely to be fielded on the right of the midfield three behind the striker, but he will drift across the frontline looking to carve out chances for teammates.

Siem de Jong

Another new arrival, De Jong is expected to start this weekend after missing last week's game and he will be played in behind the striker if he starts. The 25-year-old will hope to make an impact on his debut and will be a threat in and around goal if he gets the nod.

Yoann Gouffran

Gouffran should keep his place on the left despite being replaced by exciting youngster Rolando Aarons after 74 minutes on Sunday. The 18-year-old is a bright prospect but it may be too early to see him start an away game. Gouffran should get the nod once again, but will need to make an impact if he is to keep his place.

Emmanuel Riviere

Riviere should keep his place up top and will need to lead the line well to help the Magpies walk away from Villa Park with all three points. He showed promise last weekend but a game against Aston Villa could suit him better and he will hope to get his first Premier League goal for the club this weekend.

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