Barclays Premier League
Match: Villa v Newcastle
Competition: Barclays Premier League
Venue: Villa Park
Date: Sunday April 10 - 4pm
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Follow Villa's matchday coverage this afternoon as we keep you in touch with your claret and blue heroes.
The all-new matchday console allows supporters to access live audio commentary, live picture action galleries and our popular interactive Villa Live text service throughout the game - all in the same place.
Click here to access the new matchday console.
Fans can get involved in the build-up to Villa's exciting showdown with Newcastle, accessing all the pre-match content, such as the thoughts of manager Gerard Houllier, Gordon Cowans, Nigel Reo-Coker and Ciaran Clark.
Then attention turns to the big kick-off, by following the action and interacting with web journalists Paul Brown, Claire Boden and Dan Harrison on Villa Live.
Jack Woodward will be on air shortly before kick-off with live audio commentary for AVTV subscribers.
And, when the final whistle blows, the match console will be the first port of call for the best post-match reaction.
Please note, comments on the Villa Live service will be monitored and checked before publication.
If you want to see them appear make sure you keep them clean.
Also, try to keep your comments relevant to the subject - we want to maintain an interesting debate.
Click here to access the new matchday console.
Villa Park is set to rock against Newcastle this afternoon - so don't miss out on what should be an amazing atmosphere.
Not only is there a massive match in store as Villa look for the three points to help them charge up the top-flight table, there are also a host of initiatives planned to get the ground jumping.
Old terrace anthem 'Bells Are Ringing' is being reintroduced to the pre-match setlist and looks certain to be belted out by fans throughout the big game.
Supporters are also getting right behind the boys with a sea of scarves providing a brilliant backdrop to the big game.
Get in quick and purchase tickets for this crunch clash now.
We even have a special offer available to fans for the game on Sunday [ko 4pm], with 1,000 seats in Trinity Wings - A1 and A8 - on sale at just £15.
Tickets elsewhere are £24 to £41 [adults], £22 to £41 [young adults/ students/armed forces], £19 to £41 [over-65s], £19 to £41 [under-16s] and £40 [adult/junior combo ticket*] [available via the Ticket Office].
Collections of tickets can be make from the Holte End kiosk until kick-off.
Tickets will be on sale from the Villa Village ticket office up until kick-off. There will also be sales from the Trinity Road kiosk.
Villa have two major reasons to go all-out for victory against Newcastle - a need to move up the table and a desire to avenge the heavy defeat at the hands of the same team at the start of the campaign.
Gerard Houllier's men find themselves near the drop zone and desperately want a maximum haul at Villa Park from this game.
It's so, so tight near the bottom of the Barclays Premier League but one good result can launch a side away from trouble - and that's what Villa will be looking for.
As well as that, the claret and blue army will be on a revenge mission after succumbing to a devastating 6-0 away defeat in the second game of the season.
Houllier will be looking for a fast start from his side in this second instalment between the teams as he looks to make Villa Park a fortress in the final few games of the campaign.
TRANSPORTVilla are advising supporters that there will be no train services between Birmingham New Street and either Witton or Aston on Sunday.
London Midland have advised the club that this disruption is due to ongoing industrial relation problems.
Villa face Newcastle in a massive match as the team looks to move away from trouble with all three points.
And with this suspension of train access, fans are advised to think about their route very carefully before they travel.
Fans can still access Villa Park via bus - normal routes or use our special bus services.
Please click here to access our transport section for all the up-to-date information on how to get to the ground.
Villa supporters are also advised to be aware of parking restrictions being enforced in areas around Villa Park on matchdays.
In particular, fans are advised to avoid parking on the Holford and HUB business parks when attending home fixtures.
If you park in these locations or in residential areas, you are likely to incur parking fines.
In order to avoid any unnecessary penalties, it is recommended that supporters stick to official car parks - click here to consult the official parking map and select 'Matchday Car Parks' to see the sites that are available on Matchday.
By clicking on each car park, you will see information is given on prices, postcodes, number of spaces and walking distance to Villa Park.
This is the best way to ascertain your best location for matchday travel and parking.
Villa earned a morale-boosting point against Everton last weekend thanks to two goals from record signing Darren Bent.
The start striker's brace put Villa 2-1 ahead after Leon Osman had given the Toffees a first-half lead at Goodison Park.
However, Leighton Baines equalised from the penalty spot after Jean II Makoun was harshly penalised for a challenge on Phil Jagielka.
Despite conceding the equaliser eight minutes from time, Gerard Houllier had plenty to be pleased about as his team produced an excellent response following the 1-0 defeat to Wolves.
Newcastle United's form has fluctuated drastically in recent weeks.
Last Saturday the Toon earned a convincing 4-1 home win over Wolves but, prior to that, Alan Pardew's team were on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline against Stoke City.
Despite losing talisman Andy Carroll to Liverpool in January, Newcastle haven't struggled to score goals.
As well as netting four against Wolves, they managed the same amount in a pulsating 4-4 draw against Arsenal in February.
Filling the void left by a hometown hero is a tough task for any player but Shola Ameobi has done that on two occasions.
In his breakthrough season back in 2000, the Nigeria-born forward made 22 appearances and led the line impressively in the absence of the injured Alan Shearer.
More than a decade on from his senior debut, Ameobi finds himself as Newcastle's main man once again following the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool in a British record transfer.
But the Magpies academy product seems to thrive on the pressure. He has been on target eight times so far this term, including a brace in Newcastle's 5-1 win over local rivals Sunderland in October.
It follows on from a magnificent 2009-10 campaign when his 10 goals from 18 league appearances helped Newcastle surge to the Championship title and reclaim a spot among English football's elite.
Having arrived on English shores with his parents at the age of five, Ameobi went on to represent England U21s 20 times, scoring seven goals.
However, he recently declared his interest in playing for Nigeria and was called up by his country of birth for a friendly against Guatemala.
Alan Pardew was deemed a surprise choice when he replaced Chris Hughton in the Newcastle hotseat in December but he made the best possible start, masterminding a 3-1 win over Liverpool in his first game.
The Wimbledon-born boss took his first management post at the club where he ended his playing career - Reading.
After guiding the Royals to promotion from League One into the Championship, Pardew narrowly missed out on taking the Berkshire club into the top-flight.
A crack at the Barclays Premier League finally arrived for Pardew when he led West Ham to a play-off victory - and their first season back in the big time was a huge success.
Not only did the Hammers earn a midtable finish, they came within a whisker of winning the 2006 FA Cup, only for Liverpool to edge a penalty shootout in what is now known as 'The Gerard Final'.
Since then Pardew's managerial career has taken him to another of his former clubs, Charlton, and Southampton before the Toon came calling earlier this season.
NEWCASTLE INS AND OUTS 2010-11
IN: James Perch (Nottingham Forest, £1.5m), Dan Gosling (Everton, free), Sol Campbell (Arsenal, free), Cheik Tiote (FC Twente, £3.5m), Hatem Ben Arfa (Marseille, £5m), Shefki Kuqi (free), Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa, loan).
OUT: Nicky Butt (released), Frank Danquah (released), Darren Lough (released), Wesley Ngo-Baheng (released), Callum Morris (released), Fabrice Pancrate (released), Jonny Godsmark (Ashington), Max Johnson (Inverness CT), Michael McCrudden (Derry), Andy Carroll (Liverpool, £35m), Fraser Forster (Celtic, loan), Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton, loan), Ben Tozer (Northampton, loan), James Tavernier (Gateshead, loan), Joan Simon Edmundsson (Gateshead, loan), Matthew Grieve (Stockport Country, loan), Tamas Kadar (Huddersfield Town, loan), Wayne Routledge (QPR, loan), Ryan Donaldson (Hartlepool, loan), Xisco (Deportivo de La Coruna loan).
Darren Bent's brace in the 2-2 draw with Everton took his Villa tally to an impressive five goals in nine games.
It is exactly the sort of ratio claret and blues supporters hoped for from the record signing when he made a January switch from Sunderland.
The striker displayed his predatory instincts at Goodison Park with a finely executed finish from Stewart Downing's cross, before pouncing on Ashley Young's through ball to score a second.
Bent had already found the target against Manchester City, Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers since joining Villa, as well as netting two for England.
His goals could make a massive difference as the battle for top-flight survival hots up.
Last six games at Villa Park:
[24.05.09] Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle
[09.02.08] Aston Villa 4-1 Newcastle
[27.08.06] Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle
[11.02.06] Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle
[28.08.04] Aston Villa 4-2 Newcastle
[18.04.04] Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle
BIG MATCH FACTS
Villa have dropped 23 points from winning positions this season - more than any other team in the top flight.
The claret and blues have conceded more headed goals than any other Premier League team .
A goal from Darren Bent would make the January signing Villa's joint top league goalscorer this term.
Gerard Houllier's side have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 home Premier League fixtures.
Six of the last seven meetings between Villa and Newcastle have ended as a home win and none of them as an away victory.
Villa have conceded more goals from corners than any other team in the top-flight .
Only 11 per cent of Newcastle's goals conceded have come from headers - the lowest in the Premier League..
Villa have conceded more goals to oppositions defenders than any other side .
However, only two of Newcastle's goals have been scored by defenders, the joint-fewest in the league.
Ashley Young has won five penalties, more than any other player in the Premier League this season.