Sunday afternoon’s game at St James’ Park sees last seasons Premier League surprise package Newcastle United host bottom of the table Aston Villa.
The home side go in to the game on the back of Thursday’s 1-0 victory over Greek side Atromitos, which secured qualification for the group stages of the Europa League.
Defender Ryan Taylor picked up a knee injury eleven minutes into that midweek fixture, and joins Check Tiote and Shola Ameobi on the side-lines.
They fell to a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea last time out in the league after winning their opening game against Tottenham Hotspur and they will surely see this weekend’s game as a great opportunity to return to winning ways.
Aston Villa are one of just two sides who have no points on the board so far this season, and have been on a winless run in the league since their 1-0 victory over Fulham back in March.
Manager Paul Lambert again be without Gabriel Abonglahor who hasn’t yet recovered from a knee ligament injury, while Richard Dunne, Mark Albrighton, Gary Gardner and Stylian Petrov remain unavailable.
The corresponding fixture between the sides last season ended in a 2-1 victory for the Magpies, with striker Papiss Cisse getting the winner on with a stunning strike on his debut.
Newcastle’s number nine is 5.0 (4/1) with a variety of bookmakers to get the first goal on Sunday, whilst his fellow countryman Demba Ba is 5.5 (9/2) across the board to open the scoring.
As the visitors have gone four Premier League away games without scoring, you may be tempted to back Newcastle to keep a clean sheet at odds of 2.25 (5/4) with Bet 365.
Their talisman; captain Darren Bent is yet to have shot on goal this season, which is arguably why William Hill offer the rather generous price of 3.75 (11/4) for the England striker to score at any time.