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Newcastle United take on Aston Villa at Villa Park this evening in a televised clash.

Rafa Benitez's side were third in the Championship ahead of this afternoon's games.

Villa, relegated from the Premier League with Newcastle last season, dropped to 19th place after Preston North End's 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic last night.

United manager Benitez has been speaking ahead of the match (5.30pm kick-off), which comes just over five months after a goalless draw between the two sides at the stadium which all but sealed Newcastle's fate.

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