Aston Villa will be without their nine-goal striker Dion Dublin for the second consecutive Saturday. The England international is still troubled by the groin strain which forced him to miss the 2-0 FA Cup defeat at home to Fulham. With Stan Collymore undergoing stress counselling, Villa manager John Gregory will again ask Paul Merson and Julian Joachim to lead the attack. Whilst the club's attempts to sign Juninho have taken up most column inches this week, Gregory is not allowing this to detract from the importance of maintaining a championship challenge. "We shall regroup, get everything in perspective and focus on getting something at Newcastle," he said.
NEWCASTLE UNITED (from):Given, Harper, Griffin, Barton, Domi, Charvet, Howey, Dabizas, Hughes, Speed, Glass, Solano, Hamann, Georgiadis, Brady, Ketsbaia, Shearer, Andersson, Dalglish, Pearce.
ASTON VILLA(from): Oakes, Watson, Ehiogu, Southgate, Barry, Wright, Hendrie, Taylor, Scimeca, Merson, Joachim, Grayson, Vassell, Ferraresi, Hughes, Rachel.
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