Newcastle United will be looking to return to winning ways this afternoon when they take on Aston Villa at St. James’ Park in the Premier League.
John Carver’s side will head into the clash on the back of a 5-0 defeat to defending English champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
The Magpies are currently 11th in the Premier League table with 32 points from 26 matches, 10 points above the relegation zone.
Villa are also struggling for form at the moment and will head into this afternoon’s encounter on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Stoke City.
The result at Villa Park saw Tim Sherwood start his managerial stint at the Villans with a defeat, and he will certainly be looking to pick up a win in Newcastle.
Villa are second from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment with just 22 points from 26 matches - as many as 17th-placed Queens Park Rangers.
It promises to be competitive game at St. James’ Park, and this is how Newcastle and Villa will line up:
Newcastle United XI: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Haïdara; Obertan, Sissoko, Abeid, Ameobi; Riviere, Cisse
Subs: Woodman, R.Taylor, Anita, Gouffran, Gutierrez, Armstrong, Perez
Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Lowton, Sinclair, Delph, Cleverley, Westwood, Agbonlahor, Benteke
Subs: Given, Bacuna, Weimann, Sanchez, Gil, N’Zogbia, Grealish