Could Aston Villa protests impact Newcastle United and benefit Sunderland?

Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic and Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott battle in the 1-1 draw between the sides in December 2015.

Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic and Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott battle in the 1-1 draw between the sides in December 2015.

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Aston Villa supporters are set to step up demonstrations against American owner Randy Lerner during their game against Newcastle United this weekend.

The already-relegated Midlands club have endured a pitiful season and have just 16 points from 36 games.

The Magpies' visit to Villa Park is the club's final home game of the campaign.

It is expected that supporters will meet at the Holte End pub at 2.15pm on Saturday for a march that will end up outside the Directors Entrance.

The Aston Villa Protest Group, who are behind the demonstrations, are also planning a mystery #InTheAirOn74 protest during the game.

No details have been released, with the group only revealing that it will be a mass release of energy on the 74th minute.

Newcastle are just a point above the drop zone heading into the game and the last thing they would want is any distrations.

Meanwhile, relegation rivals Sunderland face Chelsea at home. They are third-bottom ahead of a massive weekend of Premier League football.

A statement from the Aston Villa Protest Group read: "As the curtain begins to draw on what has become Aston Villa’s worst season in her illustrious history, we need to ensure that this is our darkest hour, that the rot stops here.

"We must leave Randy Lerner in no doubt that we are organised, passionate and that we are above all prepared. That we no longer accept his ineptitude.

"We must continue to strive for change and at the same time, the supporters of this magnificent club have earned the right to let off steam.

"If this is to be our last opportunity to do so, at the very least for this season, then together we must make it as vibrant as we possibly can."

Newcastle are currently in 17th placed in the Premier League table following Saturday's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.