St James’ Park
Referee: Martin Atkinson
# Newcastle are unbeaten in their last eight league games against Aston Villa
# Newcastle United have conceded 31 goals in 16 league games – the joint most in the top flight along with Bournemouth.
# Villa haven’t won at St James’ Park in the league since 2005 – they have gone nine games without a victory
# Rudy Gestede has scored 21 headed goals in league football since the start of 2013/14 – four more than any other player in the top-four tiers in this period.