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, 19:38

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.

FIVE added at the end. Will we see a winner?

FAN VIEW: Steve Wraith on Isaac Hayden

"Hayden limping off to. Wasn't as effective as he was against Sheffield United. Quiet night for Almiron to. My man of the match tonight has been Danny Rose. Some good defending and crucial interceptions."

FAN VIEW: Pete Redding thinks it's business as usual

"Always the worry this would happen. They’ve made hard graft of this NUFC."

And it’s a shocker from Martin Dubravka who lets a weak header from Elmohamady net for 1-1.

FAN VIEW: Dave Bell on United's new front TWO!

"And just like that, the new front 2 combine! Great hold up play from Carroll and Gayle finished like he had 20 for the season."

FAN VIEW: Steve Wraith with a weather forecast!

"Villa didn't expect a Gayle on a hot day like this!"

GOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!!!

Dwight Gayle gets his first post-COVID action coming on for Matt Ritchie.

Bit of a surprise to see Joelinton go off, he’d been causing problems for the Villa backline. A tough afternoon against the huge Villa defenders mind, with Man City and the FA Cup QF in sight.

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