Georginio Wijnaldum will hope to extend an impressive home record when Newcastle tackle basement boys Aston Villa at St James’ Park on Saturday (5.30pm).
Midfielder Cheick Tiote will return to the Newcastle squad for the clash with Aston Villa.
The Ivory Coast international has trained all week after recovering from the groin injury which has sidelined him since November 21 and will be included in the party for the game at St James’ Park.
However, head coach Steve McClaren will still be without goalkeeper Tim Krul (knee ligaments), defenders Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson (both hamstring) and Massadio Haidara (knee cartilage), midfielder Gabriel Obertan (hamstring) and striker Emmanuel Riviere (knee).
Skipper Micah Richards is set to miss out for Aston Villa with a knee injury.
The defender has sat out the last two games with Villa bottom of the Premier League and eight points from safety.
Boss Remi Garde has no new injury worries, with Jordan Amavi out for the season with a knee injury he suffered with France Under-21s last month, but must decide whether to recall Gabby Agbonlahor to the match-day squad after leaving him out of Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.
- Newcastle United are unbeaten in their last eight Barclays Premier League matches against Aston Villa (W5 D3).
- Aston Villa have won none of their last nine Premier League visits to St James’ Park (D3 L6).
- The Villans have failed to score in any of the last three Premier League games against the Magpies.
- Since beating Aston Villa 1-0 last February, Newcastle have won only three of their 14 Premier league home matches (W3 D4 L7).
- Aston Villa have won none and lost six of their last seven Premier League away games, though that draw did come last time out on the road against Southampton.
- The last time Aston Villa won this fixture at St James’ Park was one of only three occasions where a team has had three players sent off in the same Premier League game (April 2005 – Lee Bowyer, Kieron Dyer & Steven Taylor).
- Aston Villa have won twice as many Premier League points away (4) than at home (2) in 2015-16.
- All seven of Georginio Wijnaldum’s Premier League goals this season have come at home – only Jamie Vardy (8) has scored more home goals in the opening 16 MD’s of 2015-16 (Aguero also has seven home goals).
- Gabriel Agbonlahor has failed to score in eight Premier League apps (566 mins) in 2015-16 – he has scored in each of his previous 10 Premier League seasons as a player.
- Idrissa Gueye has made more passes (693), tackles (41) and interceptions (46) than any other Aston Villa player in the Premier League this season.