Aston Villa vs Newcastle LIVE: Dean Smith’s men look to heap the pressure on Steve Bruce’s strugglers in rescheduled clash as Villans have chance to move up to eighth with TWO games-in-hand
- Aston Villa can climb as high as eighth with a victory on Saturday night
- Newcastle haven’t won in their last seven Premier League encounters
- Both sides meet to make up makes after coronavirus postponements
- Visitors welcome back Allan Saint-Maximin after a long lay-off with the virus
- Latest Premier League news, live action and results can be found here
- Premier League table – as it stands
The pressure is rising on Newcastle manager Steve Bruce who has a tricky test against Aston Villa next up in the Premier League, as the two sides meet following coronavirus postponements.
Dean Smith’s men can climb up to eighth in the standings with a victory, with two games-in-hand remaining after tonight’s fixture due to the Covid-19 impacted campaign.
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Newcastle meanwhile make four changes, with Emil Krafth, Ciaran Clark, Matty Longstaff and Joelinton making way for Javier Manquillo, Fabian Schar, Jeff Hendrick and Isaac Hayden.
The most uplifting news for Magpies fans will be the return to the matchday squad of Allan Saint-Maximin though after his two-month absence due to ‘long Covid’.
The hosts make just one change, with Marvelous Nakamba replacing John McGinn after the Scot acculumated his fifth booking in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad.
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