• The Magpies are unbeaten in the last seven league games against Villa at St James Park (W4 D3) and in the last five home and away (W3 D2).
  • Christian Benteke has scored in each of his two Barclays Premier League games against Newcastle United.
  • Benteke has scored the most headed goals (4) and has attempted the most headed shots (20) in the Premier League this season.
  • Hatem Ben Arfa has scored in both of his Premier League appearances against Aston Villa.
  • The last time Aston Villa won at St James Park, the Magpies had three players sent off, including Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer for fighting each other in April 2005.
  • Aston Villa have played the highest proportion of their passes long in the Premier League this season (16.7%).
  • Cheick Tioté has attempted more shots at goal without scoring this season in the PL (23; excl. blocked) than any other player.
  • Newcastle United have now failed to score in seven of their last eight games in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Alan Pardew’s side have not scored in any of their last four Premier League games at St. James’ Park. The last time they went longer without a goal was August 2007 (six games).
  • The Magpies have not seen a single English player score a goal for them in any of their last 45 Premier League matches.
  • Paul Lambert has a lower win percentage in the Premier League at Aston Villa (26.6%) than he did at Norwich City as manager in the competition (31.6%).