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Villa target rare league double over Newcastle

9 Feb 2022

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Aston Villa are aiming to do the double over Newcastle United for just the second time in the Premier League, previously doing so in 2004/05 under David O’Leary.

Two of Newcastle’s last four Premier League goals have come from a direct free-kick, with Jonjo Shelvey netting against Leeds United and Kieran Trippier doing so against Everton. Just two of their previous 116 league goals had come in this fashion.

Newcastle can earn a third consecutive Premier League win for the first time since November 2018.

Philippe Coutinho is averaging a goal involvement every 44 minutes over three Premier League appearances since joining Villa, producing two goals and two assists.

Match officials

Referee: Craig Pawson. Assistants: Lee Betts, Ian Hussin. Fourth official: Mike Dean. VAR: Paul Tierney. Assistant VAR: James Mainwaring.

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