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No surprises in Newcastle starting line-up
NEWCASTLE have named an unchanged Premier League line-up for this afternoon's home game with Aston Villa.
With Cheik Tiote still nursing a knee injury, Magpies manager Alan Pardew has named the same side that started last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea.
Vurnon Anita continues to partner Yohan Cabaye at the heart of midfield despite conceding a penalty at Stamford Bridge.
There is a surprise in Paul Lambert's Aston Villa line-up with former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given releagted to the substitutes' bench.
Villa's deadline-day signings were all signed too late to be involved in today's game, and former Middlesbrough full-back Joe Bennett is not named in the matchday squad.
NEWCASTLE (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Santon; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez; Cisse, Ba.
Subs: Harper (gk), Williamson, Gosling, Amalfitano, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Obertan.
ASTON VILLA (4-5-1): Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Lichaj; Holman, El Ahmadi, Ireland, Bannan, Weimann; Bent.
Subs: Given (gk), Baker, Burke, Williams, Bowery, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor.