Eddie Howe’s high-flying Newcastle United look to keep hold of their top four place in the Premier League when they welcome Aston Villa to St. James’ Park, with Unai Emery the confirmed new manager in the wake of Steven Gerrard’s sacking.
The Magpies boast the joint-top record on form in the league (4-2-0) and look the real deal this season under Howe and on the back of continued investment from the Public Investment Fund-led ownership consortium.
Howe’s troops made a real statement last time out in a 2-1 away from against Antonio Conte’s Tottenham in the English capital, and come into proceedings here as the odds-on favorite to bag another three-point haul and keep their hopes alive of returning to the Champions League for the first time since 2003-04.
Ahead of the clash on Tyneside against Villa, 101GreatGoals takes a look at Newcastle United’s team news.
Predicted Newcastle United XI vs Aston Villa
Players unavailable for selection & key fitness updates
Alain Saint-Maximin, Alexander Isak, Emil Krafth, Matt Ritchie, and Karl Darlow.
Newcastle boss Eddie Hower provided a key update on attacking spark plug Alain Saint-Maximin ahead of tomorrow’s fixture.
Further updates on star striker Alexander Isak, who remains on the road to recovery, but won’t be available until after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.