Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle, LIVE: Latest Premier League standings and updates from Dean Smith team trying to move away from relegation zone
- Conor Hourihane opened the scoring at Aston Villa with a well-crafted free kick
- Four minutes later Anwar El Ghazi doubled the lead after another set-piece kick
- Aston Villa from XI: Heaton, Guilbert, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Hourihane, El Ghazi, Wesley, Grealish
- Aston Villa Grants: Lansbury, Nakamba, Trezeguet, Nyland, Kodjia, Elmohamady, Hause
- Newcastle United starts XI: Dubravka, Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Yedlin, Hayden, Shelvey, Willems, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton
- Newcastle grants: Schar, Carroll, Gayle, Krafth, Darlow, Atsu, Matthew Longstaff
- Aston Villa clashes with Newcastle United just one point above last three
- Toon tied for points with sixth-placed Sheffield United with victory
- Steve Bruce returns to previous team for the first time since leaving a year ago
- Monday Night Football Premier League kick-off at Villa Park is starting at 20:00 GMT
Aston Villa host Newcastle United at Villa Park to end their Premier League games this weekend, with the hosts looking for three points from the relegation zone.
Dean Smith's team entered the night just one place out of the top three, but would eliminate four points of danger if they got a home win.
They would go to a point on Steve Bruce's side on his return to Villa Park for the first time since leaving his West Midlands uniform over a year ago.
Bruce, however, is looking for an away win that would put Newcastle first and draw points with sixth-placed Sheffield United. Follow the action at 8pm with DAN RIPLEY from Sportsmail.
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