The Villans go in to the game against an out of sorts Newcastle side looking to pull clear of the drop zone. Lambert’s men currently sit four points ahead of Sunderland and a win tomorrow against the Magpies could see them move into eleventh position, extending that gap to seven points.
Newcastle sit in ninth place at the moment and although they should be more than safe in terms of relegation they are without a win in their last four matches and have also failed to score in any of those games.
Paul Lambert’s men are without a win in their last three games and despite being the better team against Cardiff last time out a combination of spurned opportunities and a wonderful performance by Cardiff’s keeper Marshall ensured that the Villans would only return to Birmingham with a single point instead of all three.
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Albrighton Delph Westwood Weimann
For the first time this season, Paul Lambert has virtually a full strength side to choose from with Jores Okore being the only absentee but even he is making substantial progress in his bid to return to action for the last few games.
Matthew Lowton may miss out again with Marc Albrighton set to keep his place after starting the game against Cardiff eleven days ago. Leandro Bacuna is once again expected to deputise at right back.
Andreas Weimann impressed after coming off the bench against the Bluebirds and should slot back in to the starting line up in place of Joe Bennett who also returned from injury in Wales.
Pardew and his players will be boosted by the return of captain Coloccini, top scorer Remy and Tiote.
Coloccini has been out since New Year’s Day with a knee injury, Remy returns after a three-match suspension picked up against Norwich, whilst Tiote has missed the last two games against Chelsea and Tottenham due to a hamstring injury.
A win for the Magpies could lift them up to eighth place and would all but secure a place in the Premier League next season.
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Venue: St. James Park
Kick off: 1:30pm
Tickets: Tickets are no longer available for this match.
Last meeting: Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa
Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa – @MrOMeara
Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa – Mark Lawrenson
Newcastle 1-2 Aston Villa – Paul Merson