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Alan Pardew says Newcastle 'absolutely dominated' and deserved to win against Aston Villa

Alan Pardew says Newcastle should have got more than a point against Aston Villa

Pardew says his team 'absolutely dominated'

Andreas Weimann celebrates the goal that put Aston Villa into the lead at the Britannia, he fired home from a narrow angle

Premier League: Aston Villa vs Newcastle match preview

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Rodgers showered praise on Balotelli last week, which led to speculation he could sign the AC Milan front man

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Video: The Independent looks ahead to this weekend's Premier League games

Louis van Gaal will be looking for an improvement from his side

Premier League games live on TV this weekend: Newcastle, Everton, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City vs Liverpool

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Stoke City vs Aston Villa: Alan Hutton return promises better times for Villa

Paul Lambert's side escaped the Britannia stadium with all three points

Andreas Weimann celebrates the goal that put Aston Villa into the lead at the Britannia, he fired home from a narrow angle

Stoke City vs Aston Villa match report: Villa tear up the script thanks to Andreas Weimann strike

Stoke 0 Aston Villa 1: Hughes left frustrated as Stoke fail to find a way through Lambert’s well-marshalled defences

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Mark Hughes looks on from the touchline

Stoke v Aston Villa: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium

Roy Keane cracks a smile after being cuddled by Aston Villa mascot Bella the Lion

Roy Keane shows his lighter side to help Paul Lambert lift the gloom at Aston Villa

Lambert says new assistant has "given everyone a boost"

Your essential guide to the new Barclays Premier League 2014-15 season

Premier League: Transfers, predictions and key information – your essential guide to the new season

Jack Pitt-Brooke and James Mariner run through all 20 clubs

Roy Keane cracks a smile after being cuddled by Aston Villa mascot Bella the Lion

Roy Keane smiles! Aston Villa assistant boss hugged by Mascot Bella the Lion

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Aston Villa: 2014/15 Premier League fixtures and results

Our comprehensive guide to all of the 2014/15 fixtures

REVEALED: 13 Premier League clubs increase ticket prices, with Manchester City cheapest and Arsenal most costly

The average price of a season ticket to watch a top-flight side stands at £526. (Click the table above to enlarge)

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