Aston Villa v Newcastle (7:45)
By Dean Farley
Tuesday 29 Jan 2013 15:07:00
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29th January
Referee - Mike Dean

Newcastle return to action on Tuesday night when they travel to Villa Park to face Aston Villa. Hoping to get rid of the tag of the only remaining Premier League team without an away win, Alan Pardew takes his new French signings to get a taste of the Black and White.
    Pardew came out and previewed the game earlier this week: 

"We have got 15 games left and every one of them is a cup final. We have got to win half those games. And we haven't achieved anything like that rate so far. Can we win half? I think we can. We are going to have to try.

"Wilfried Zaha is a typical example of trying to take a young player out of the Championship. I like him. 

"I wanted to take him but, seriously, we had no chance. We just can't pay that. We got four players for that. It suited our needs better to strengthen several positions for that sort of money. 

"It was a case of getting the players that were right for us at the price that was right for us. We wanted players who had ambition in them, not just for six months but for the future. 

"None of them was a knee-jerk reaction, otherwise we would have bought a 31-year-old from a squad in the Premier League (whose surname ends in ...wingie). 

"We bought players to take us forward. We are happy with the business we have done."
    United will be without Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Hatem Ben Arfa and Danny Simpson. While Cheick tiote remains on international duty in the ACON. 
    Following confirmation of his decision to stay at the club, Fabricio Coloccini will be available to lead the side and if Mike Williamson features, he'll complete a century of first team outings for United in all competitions.
    When last we counted, four new faces were in line to debut in this game: Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko.
    Richard Dunne, Fabien Delph, Chris Herd, Marc Albrighton, Gary Gardner and Stilyan Petrov all remain unavailable, but Nathan Baker is fit again for Villa. 
    This is a MUST win game for United. These are the types of games that should have been won, yet have not been all season. With some fresh faces, let's hope this brings a fresh start to the Newcastle United team and their performances. 

In the last 10 against Villa at Villa Park, Newcastle have:

Won 2
Drawn 3
Lost 5

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