After the arduous international break, Newcastle return to Premier League action when they travel to the Midlands to take on Aston Villa.

The Magpies will be looking for their first away win of the season, after suffering an opening day battering at the hands of Manchester City.

Paul Lambert’s men have been in excellent form in the early stages of the new season, after narrowly escaping relegation at the end of last. As expected, Christian Benteke has been the main firepower behind their success with three goals in as many games.

The extended break has given Loic Remy the time he needed to regain full match fitness and the France international is available to start the game, so could partner Papiss Cisse up front for Newcastle.

Cheick Tiote has also recovered from a knock that kept him out of Newcastle’s home win over Fulham, so could force his way back into the side at the expense of Vurnon Anita. The Dutchman has been impressive since stepping into the Magpies’ midfield but Tiote’s defensive ability could see him get the nod ahead of the former Ajax man.

There could also be a starting place for Yohan Cabaye, after Alan Pardew revealed that the midfielder’s attitude since his move to Arsenal collapsed has been first class. A return to the midfield would certainly boost Newcastle’s goal scoring chances, an area that has been below par in the opening trio of games.

Steven Taylor is available again after completing his three match ban, so Pardew will have to decide between the Englishman and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for the second centre-back place alongside Fabricio Coloccini.

As for Villa, former Newcastle midfielder Charles N’Zogbia is out with an Achilles problem, while one-time loan flop Stephen Ireland has been shipped out to Stoke on another temporary deal. Deadline day signing Libor Kozak could make his debut after joining from Lazio. The 6’4” striker had an impressive record for the Italian side and top scored in last season’s Europa League.