Missing Players and team news:
Matt Ritchie made the bench in Newcastle’s 0-0 draw with West Brom to suggest any animosity between himself and Steve Bruce was behind them. However, Bruce is without key injured trio Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron, while Fabian Schar joins them on the sidelines. The Magpies boss could bring Andy Carroll into the starting XI in place of Ryan Fraser from the side that were held by the Baggies. Dean Smith has confirmed Jack Grealish will miss out once more but Aston Villa are boosted by the availability of Matty Cash ahead of schedule. Anwar El Ghazi is also fit, but Morgan Sanson and Kortney Hause are doubts for the away side. Wesley is back in training but remains a long way from a return to full fitness.