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<b>FRANCE</b> <br /><b>Hugo Lloris: </b> Had no chance with Spain’s goal (pictured) but rushed out well to deny Cesc Fabregas when the Spaniard was played through on goal just after the hour. 6/10
<br /><b>Anthony Reveillere: </b> Looked relatively assured in defence but rather limited going forward. Combined with Mathieu Debuchy, the French did not offer any threat down the right-hand side. Conceded a late penalty when he tangled with Pedro. 5/10
<br /><b>Adil Rami: </b> Produced a vital block to deny Pedro midway through the second-half and performed pretty well. Sometimes slow to turn when faced with Spain’s movement and pace, but held his own nonetheless. 6/10
<br /><b>Laurent Koscielny: </b> Replaced Philippe Mexes and certainly did not disgrace himself. Not at fault for either of Spain’s goals and actually marshalled Spain’s attacking midfielders relatively well. 6/10
<br /><b>Gael Clichy: </b> Aggressive in the tackle and able to stop Arbeloa from causing any real danger. But the left-back could perhaps have been more aware of Alonso’s run for Spain’s first goal, though he could have done with a shout from Malouda. Also caught ball-watching when Fabregas raced through on goal in the second-half. 5/10
<br /><b>Mathieu Debuchy: </b> Allowed Jordi Alba to race past him for Spain’s first goal. Debuchy was played out of position and looked a little bit lost during the first-half. Seemed to grow in confidence in the second period and almost equalised with a powerful header on sixty minutes, though he was removed shortly after. 5/10

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<b>ASTON VILLA v NEWCASTLE, Saturday 15:00pm</b> <br/>
Blackburn are without a win in their first four games and host Arsenal as they look to climb off the bottom of the table. Around 1,000 Blackburn supporters are expected to take part in a demonstration before the game demanding the sacking of manager Steve Kean following their poor start to the season. Arsenal must be looking for a good result as they try and cling on to top four aspirations following their humiliation in Manchester. <br/><br/><b>Recent results:</b> Aston Villa 1 - 0 Newcastle (10/04/2011, PL), Newcastle 6 - 0 Aston Villa (22/08/2010, PL)
<br/><br/><b>One to watch:</b> <b>Shay Given</b> plays against Newcastle for the first time since his departure from the club that he played over 350 games for. Aston Villa fans will hope to see a performance from him to match the many outstanding games he had for the Magpies. <br/><br/><b>Did you know?:</b> Aston Villa have not lost at home to Newcastle since the 11 February 2006. The deciding goal for Newcastle was scored then by summer Aston Villa signing Charles N'Zogbia.
<br/><br/><b>Fantasy pick:</b> Gabriel Agbonlahor, 20 (Aston Villa), Ryan Taylor, 26 (Newcastle)*
<br/><br/><b>Tweet of the week:</b>
Injury news: Aston Villa: Emile Heskey is out for two to three weeks with a pulled hamstring and Jermaine Jenas looks set to miss out after injuring his thigh in training, Eric Lichaj is set to miss the next three to four months following a hip operation. Carlos Cuellar is recovering well from a knee operation but lacks match fitness. Newcastle: Hatem Ben Arfa is back in training after his ankle injury but is unlikely to be risked while Haris Vuckic (broken hand), Mehdi Abeid and Mike Williamson (broken arm) are all ruled out.

Match odds: Home win 1.91, draw 3.50, away win 4.00

* Based on Fantasy Premier League, the official Premier League fantasy game" title="ASTON VILLA v NEWCASTLE, Saturday 15:00pm
Blackburn are without a win in their first four games and host Arsenal as they look to climb off the bottom of the table. Around 1,000 Blackburn supporters are expected to take part in a demonstration before the game demanding the sacking of manager Steve Kean following their poor start to the season. Arsenal must be looking for a good result as they try and cling on to top four aspirations following their humiliation in Manchester.

Recent results: Aston Villa 1 - 0 Newcastle (10/04/2011, PL), Newcastle 6 - 0 Aston Villa (22/08/2010, PL)

One to watch: Shay Given plays against Newcastle for the first time since his departure from the club that he played over 350 games for. Aston Villa fans will hope to see a performance from him to match the many outstanding games he had for the Magpies.

Did you know?: Aston Villa have not lost at home to Newcastle since the 11 February 2006. The deciding goal for Newcastle was scored then by summer Aston Villa signing Charles N'Zogbia.

Fantasy pick: Gabriel Agbonlahor, 20 (Aston Villa), Ryan Taylor, 26 (Newcastle)*

Tweet of the week: "Anyone think David Luiz resembles Sideshow Bob from the Simpsons?" @Sammy_Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi, Newcastle

Injury news: Aston Villa: Emile Heskey is out for two to three weeks with a pulled hamstring and Jermaine Jenas looks set to miss out after injuring his thigh in training, Eric Lichaj is set to miss the next three to four months following a hip operation. Carlos Cuellar is recovering well from a knee operation but lacks match fitness. Newcastle: Hatem Ben Arfa is back in training after his ankle injury but is unlikely to be risked while Haris Vuckic (broken hand), Mehdi Abeid and Mike Williamson (broken arm) are all ruled out.

Match odds: Home win 1.91, draw 3.50, away win 4.00

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