The story of the day as Dwight Gayle gets off the mark but Newcastle United drop points to Aston Villa

Newcastle United host Aston Villa at St James’s Park tonight (KO 6pm) aiming to build on the comfortable 3-0 win over Sheffield United at the weekend – and we’ve got it covered.

Wednesday, 24th June 2020, 8:44 pm

We’ll have the latest team news from both camps in the build-up to the game plus the views from both managers, with takeover talk continuing to dominate the agenda on Tyneside – will there be a breakthrough soon?

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Miles Starforth is at the game for us this evening.

Newcastle United host Aston Villa at St James's Park tonight (KO 6pm).
The Newcastle United players celebrate a goal in the win over Sheffield United.

Newcastle United v Aston Villa: Early team news from both camps

Last updated: Wednesday, 24 June, 2020, 20:42

FT: Newcastle United 1 (Gayle 68) Aston Villa 1 (Elmohamady 84)

  • NUFC XI: Dubravka; Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Rose; Hayden (Belntaleb 86), Shelvey; Ritchie (Gayle 66), Almiron (Lazaro 86), Saint-Maximin; Joelinton (Carroll 64).
  • AVFC XI: Nyland; Konsa, Hause, Mings, Targett; Luiz, McGinn (Elmohamady, 77); El Ghazi (K.Davis 70), Grealish, Trezeguet (Hourihane 69); Samatta.

Bruce on the impact of Carroll!

Dwight Gayle is off and running for the season!

Bruce on another ASM show & the Frenchman's flashes of magic

NUFC duo were taken off as a precaution

Bruce: THREE months off has done Gayle & Carroll the world of good

Steve Bruce reacts to United's 1-1 draw - and it's fair to say he's not all that happy

GOOD DAY/BAD DAY - Liam Kennedy's winners & losers from NUFC's 1-1 draw

GOOD DAY

This was another decent day for Joelinton. The striker was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet again for United in a physical display. Dwight Gayle getting his first goal of the season, and another assist for Andy Carroll were also positives. Finally, ASM looks like stealing the show at every turn. A class act.

BAD DAY

Federico Fernandez had his worst game in a long time while Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden were overrun in the middle. Miguel Almiron was very, very quiet.

MILES STARFORTH: 'Not a bad point all told'

"That's probably a decent point all things considered. Newcastle looked tired this evening. They were nowhere near their best and didn't create nearly enough, yet they still came very close to beating a Villa team which is fighting for survival. Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final is now the focus."

And that's that. What did you make of it? Our experts and super fans to come

FAN VIEW: Neil Mitchell thinks 4-4-2 sees the best and worst for NUFC

"Going 4 4 2 made the difference for the goal but we've become over run in midfield after that. Frustrating."

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