Aston Villa: Christian Benteke & Libor Kozak
Newcastle United: Davide Santon, Papiss Cisse & Ryan Taylor - Out; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Cheik Tiote & Siem De Jong - Doubtful
Roundup on form
Aston Villa won their opening fixture against Stoke City thanks to a solitary Andreas Weimann goal, however, they were far from convincing in their victory.
Newcastle, on the other hand lost 2-0, but performed far better against the champions Manchester City.
In the last six encounters between the two sides, Newcastle are unbeaten, winning 4 and drawing twice.
Taking into account the aforementioned, all evidence points towards a Newcastle win, especially considering Aston Villa are a side designed to play away games on the counter attack. When they are at home (as they are today), they often look toothless in front of goal and devoid of creativity as the onus on attack is in their hands.
Newcastle are a big and powerful team and it is no surprise they have had the upper hand in recent contests. Villa's counter attacking game is null and void against a team that can keep up with them athletically.
Newcastle's regular midfield enforcer is Cheik Tiote, however, with him a doubt, expect Jack Colback to step up. As per Whoscored, Colback made 3 tackles and 4 interceptions against Manchester City and it is he who would be expected nip Aston Villa's attacks in the bud.
Another potential match winner is Remy Cabella. The tricky playmaker was a creative force against Man City last week and against Villa he should have more joy.
Throughout his career, Philippe Senderos has been caught flat-footed against skillful and pacey opponents. If he is forced to defend out wide when Villa are run ragged, expect him to be at the centre of a Newcastle goal.
Aston Villa 0-2 Newcastle United
* Remy Cabella - most dribbles and key passes
* Jack Colback - most tackles and interceptions
* Emmanuel Rivere to score a goal
* Senderos at fault for a goal scored