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Aston Villa v Newcastle: Lineups and open match thread

Whoever wins the match between Aston Villa and Newcastle will earn six points! Neat!

Laurence Griffiths

Some important questions to ponder going into the match against Newcastle:

  • How long until a defender gets hurt and Eric Lichaj comes off the bench?
  • Will we see good Blazing Roaches, or is that just a two-game sort of streak?
  • Is it possible to watch an entire match with your eyes closed?
  • How many gods are available to which we can direct prayers?

Aston Villa Starting XI (presented in no particular order as I'm in a hurry): Brad Guzan, Ron Vlaar [c], Ciaran Clark, Joe Bennett, Nathan Baker, Matthew Lowton, Ashley Westwood, Barry Bannan, Charles N'Zogbia, Christian Benteke, Darren Bent

Substitutes (from): Shay Given, Stephen Ireland, Eric Lichaj, Brett Holman, Gabby Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann, Jordan Bowery

Newcastle United Starting XI: Krul; Debuchy, S.Taylor, Coloccini (c), Santon; Perch, Cabaye; Gouffran, Sissoko, Gutierrez; Cisse

Substitutes (from): Harper, Yanga-Mbiwa, Williamson, Bigirimana, Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.

Yes, Newcastle have first names. Yes, I know many of them. Yes, I'm lazy right now.