TEAM NEWS: Edgar, Coloccini starts - No Owen
Alan Shearer is forced to introduce both David Edgar, and Fabricio Coloccini to the starting line-up, with Sebastien Bassong and Habib Beye missing through suspension and injury respectively.
Michael Owen is only fit enough to be on the bench, with Jose Enrique also given a substitute place.
Ashley Young returns for Villa, with Toon old-boy James Milner also earning a starting place.
Aston Villa FC: Brad Friedel, James Milner, Nicky Shorey, Curtis Davies, Carlos Cuellar, Gareth Barry, Craig Gardener, Stilyan Petrov, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, John Carew
Subs: Steve Sidwell, Nathan Delfouneso, Zat Knight, Emile Heskey, Nigel Reo-Coker, Brad Guzan, Marc Albrighton
Newcastle United FC: Steve Harper, David Edgar, Damien Duff, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt (c), Kevin Nolan, Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands, Oba Martins, Mark Viduka
Subs: Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen, Alan Smith, Jose Enrique, Jonas Gutierrez