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St James' Park, Newcastle (ATT 48,245) 2nd September 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: L Probert

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Lambert seeking first Premier League point as manager

Last Updated: 31/08/12 2:21pm

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Paul Lambert: Aston Villa manager is seeking his first Premier League point at Newcastle

Paul Lambert: Aston Villa manager is seeking his first Premier League point at Newcastle

Bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa on Sunday go in search of their first points of the season when they make the difficult trip to Newcastle United.

Paul Lambert has endured a tough introduction to the size of the task he is facing since this summer taking over at Villa and he has suffered defeats by West Ham United and Everton.

But on Tuesday a welcome win was recorded in the Capital One Cup over Tranmere Rovers and Villa will now be looking to build on that result.

Alan Pardew's Newcastle, though, are a daunting prospect at St James' Park, where they lost just three times last season in the Premier League on their way to fifth place.

Tottenham have also already been defeated on Tyneside in the new campaign to maintain their impressive record.

But a defeat was suffered in London against Chelsea and the loss to the European champions demonstrated the size of the task facing Pardew's squad as they bid to finish in the top four.

There will be a sense of the need to avoid any further dropped points when struggling Villa arrive at a ground where in August 2010 they lost 6-0.

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Newcastle defender Ryan Taylor is out of Sunday's clash with Aston Villa after suffering a knee injury.

The 28-year-old, who is due to have a scan, was hurt barely 10 minutes into the 1-0 Europa League qualifier winover Atromitos, a game which also saw defender James Perch leave the field with a neck problem which is set to sideline him too.

They will join midfielder Cheick Tiote (calf) and Shola Ameobi (hamstring) on the casualty list, although Pardew made seven changes for the Atromitos game and is likely to restore his big names.

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Aston Villa newcomer Joe Bennett has been included in the squad for the Premier League clash with Newcastle at St James' Park on Sunday.

The left-back made the switch from Middlesbrough in midweek in a £2.5million deal plus add-ons.

Defender Ciaran Clark will return after serving a one-match suspension. Clark was ruled out of the midweek Capital One Cup win over Tranmere after being red carded against Everton last weekend.

Villa signed Jordan Bowery from Chesterfield on Friday but it is unclear whether he will be involved.

Opta Facts

  • The Magpies have won six and lost just one of their last 11 Premier League home games against Aston Villa.
  • Newcastle have scored 998 goals in Premier League history.
  • Aston Villa have failed to score in five of their last eight Premier League matches, netting only once in each of the other three games.

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • Krul 1 Krul
  • Taylor S 27 Taylor S

  • Williamson 6 Williamson
  • Coloccini 2 Coloccini
  • Anita 8 Anita
  • Gosling 15 Gosling

  • Gouffran 11 Gouffran
  • Tiote 24 Tiote
  • Dummett 36 Dummett
  • Cisse 9 Cisse

  • Shola Ameobi 23 Shola Ameobi

Team taken from Newcastle United vs Stoke City (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 12th April 2014

  • Guzan 1 Guzan
  • Vlaar 4 Vlaar
  • Baker 2 Baker
  • Clark 6 Clark
  • Lowton 34 Lowton
  • El Ahmadi 8 El Ahmadi

  • Westwood 15 Westwood
  • Delph 16 Delph
  • Bertrand 23 Bertrand

  • Holt 29 Holt
  • Agbonlahor 11 Agbonlahor

Team taken from Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 12th April 2014

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Liverpool 34 77
2 Chelsea 34 75
3 Manchester City 33 71
4 Arsenal 34 67
5 Everton 34 66
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 60
7 Manchester United 33 57
8 Southampton 34 48
9 Newcastle United 34 46
10 Stoke City 34 43
11 Crystal Palace 34 40
12 West Ham United 34 37
13 Hull City 33 36
14 Aston Villa 33 34
15 Swansea City 34 33
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 34 32
18 Fulham 34 30
19 Cardiff City 34 29
20 Sunderland 33 26