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Aston Villa v Newcastle United LIVE
Last updated: Saturday, 23 January, 2021, 19:54
- FT | Aston Villa 2 (Watkins 13, Traore 42) Newcastle United 0
- NUFC XI: Darlow, Manquillo (Allan Saint-Maximin 70), Schar, Lascelles, Lewis, Hayden, Shelvey, Hendrick, Almiron (Gayle 81), Wilson, Carroll (Fraser 70).
Can Newcastle United record their first win in nine games, or will Dean Smith and Aston Villa pour yet more misery on Steve Bruce and the Magpies?
Follow every kick, as it happens, as well as all the build-up, team news, match action and reaction from Villa Park.
Miles Starforth is down in the Midlands with Liam Kennedy back on Tyneside on blog duty.
Liam Kennedy on Steve Bruce’s potential NUFC team
"Rumours are flying around this evening that the manager could revert back to a back five - but could keep Andy Carroll and Callum Wilson as a front two. Definitely one worth keeping an eye on."
Can he do the business tonight against his former club?
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Miles Starforth’s team news review
Four changes tonight. Looks like a back five with three centre-halves. Jonjo Shelvey's fortunate to keep his place after his performance against Arsenal, while Matty Longstaff's unfortunate to miss out on a place in the starting XI. The big pre-match positive is the return of Allan Saint-Maximin, who's on the bench after more than two months out. Steve Bruce, clearly, is unhappy with some of the criticism that has come his way, and speculation over his future, but results and performances simply haven't been good enough. Last year Bruce asked to be judged on results last year - and fans are doing just that.