The Magpies have not won in their last four and are just one point above Fulham, who are 18th, though there is a game in hand for Steve Bruce’s team at present. This clash, then, could see Newcastle put a bit of daylight between themselves and the drop zone - and they could even move up one place above Burnley into 15th if they win.
Aston Villa had a great start to the season and were looking a decent shout for a European spot, but they have fallen away somewhat of late, suffering similar inconsistencies to many teams around them.
A draw with Wolves in their last outing means it’s just one win in five for Villa, but the have a game in hand on the sides fifth, sixth and seventh and two in hand over Liverpool. A win here sees Villa leapfrog the Reds into eighth, while also reigniting their charge for a Europa League spot.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.
When is the game?
The match kicks off at 8pm on Friday, 12 March.
Where can I watch it?
The game will be shown live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers can stream the match via the BT Sport app and desktop website.
NEW - Dubravka; Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Hayden, Shelvey, Willock; Fraser, Joelinton, Gayle
AST - Martinez; Elmohamedy, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz; Ramsey, Traore, Trezeguet; Watkins
Newcastle - 3/1
Draw - 44/17
Aston Villa - 11/10
Given the forwards they’re likely to line up with, a counter-attacking style isn’t going to help the home side. Villa could dominate and if they find a clinical edge, it’s tough to see the Magpies having much of a route back into the game. Newcastle 0-2 Villa.
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