Well, the first three weeks went pretty okay. And now we're playing teams that aren't quite as good, and that's a positive thing, right? Well, possibly. Probably? We'll begin finding out today, I suppose. A win here and that's six points from four, three of which it would have been unrealistic to expect at the beginning of the season. A loss here and Aston Villa is clearly doomed, their relegation to the Championship a mere matter of formality, which Newcastle will coast along to the top four and become Tottenham, or something.
Or, in between. Whatever.
Aston Villa Starting XI: Guzan, Lowton, Okore, Vlaar, Luna; El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph; Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor
Newcastle Starting XI: Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini (c), Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Anita, Sissoko, Cabaye; Remy, Cisse, Ben Arfa
Guess what guys, Libor Kozak isn't starting. Whoever thought that maybe Paul Lambert doesn't want to throw on a new signing after ten days of players being off on international duty?