Newcastle United news: Benitez faces media ahead of Villa, Darlow's belief

Karl Darlow, Rafa Benitez and Aleksandar Mitrovic

Karl Darlow, Rafa Benitez and Aleksandar Mitrovic

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Rafa Benitez will face the media today ahead of Newcastle United's visit to Villa Park tomorrow.

The relegation-threatened club's manager is holding his pre-match Press conference this afternoon.

Follow our live blog here for news and updates later today ahead of the Aston Villa game.

Newcastle climbed out of the relegation zone last weekend thanks to a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Goalscorer Andros Townsend and goalkeeper Karl Darlow – who saved a Yohan Cabaye penalty – were United's heroes on the day.

And Darlow has been speaking about his run in Benitez's side in the absence through injury of No 1 Tim Krul and Rob Elliot.

The 25-year-old has also reacted to the new song which Newcastle fans are singing in his honour.

Meanwhile, two players left Newcastle yesterday. Find out why here.

Finally, Sunderland, in 18th place, are a point behind Newcastle.

Sam Allardyce's side take on Chelsea at the Stadium of Light tomorrow.

And Allardyce has revealed he will be getting regular updates from Villa Park.