Tactical Battles That Will Shape Newcastle United's Clash with Aston Villa

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Tactical Battles That Will Shape Newcastle United's Clash with Aston Villa
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Newcastle United go looking for only their second win of the year on Sunday, with Aston Villa the visitors to St. James’ Park.

The mid-table clash is an important one for both sides, with the Magpies hoping to avoid their sixth straight home defeat and Villa sitting just four points away from the relegation places.

The Toon will welcome back top scorer Loic Remy from suspension, while Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote have both recovered from their respective injuries.

For the visitors, manager Paul Lambert has Andreas Weimann and Karim El Ahmadi available once more, and the pair could be recalled by the Scot.

So with both camps desperate for the points, we look at some of the tactical battles that could determine the outcome on Tyneside this weekend.

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