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How Newcastle United could line up against Aston Villa

How Newcastle could line up against Aston Villa
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Newcastle United could line up in Friday's Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

Newcastle United's battle to stay above the Premier League relegation zone will continue on Friday night when they welcome Aston Villa to St James' Park.

The Magpies, who are currently 16th in the table, just one point outside of the bottom three, will again be without the services of four key players for the clash with Dean Smith's side.

Indeed, Callum Wilson remains unavailable for selection with a thigh problem, while Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron are out with groin and knee issues respectively.

Fabian Schar is also still out with a knee injury, but Steve Bruce's side did not pick up any fresh concerns in the goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

Newcastle's options for change are limited, particularly in the final third, and it would not be a surprise to see Bruce send the same starting XI onto the field from the draw with the Baggies.

As a result, Ryan Fraser should again feature alongside Joelinton in attack, although Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll both appeared off the bench at the Hawthorns and could be in the manager's plans.

Sean Longstaff and Jacob Murphy could also be in Bruce's thoughts, but the midfield four of Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, Jeff Hendrick and Joe Willock is not expected to be disturbed.

Newcastle possible starting lineup: Dubravka; Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Hendrick, Shelvey, Hayden; Willock; Joelinton, Fraser

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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