Last Updated: 17/09/11 5:45pm
It's a point apiece after 90 minutes with Best canceling out Agbonlahor's opener for Villa. Join us again next time, have a good one, later!
Cabaye fires over from a tight angle after getting onto the end of Marveaux's ball over the top. Cabaye really looks to be a shrewd acquisition for the Magpies.
Well it looks like both teams are going to maintain their unbeaten records, which would be a fair enough reflection one would think. Then again Cabaye did hit the cross bar and force a tremendous save from Given.
Ameobi finds the back of the net but the whistle went long before for a Villa free-kick at the other end of the field.
Given flies acrobatically through the air to deny a powerful volley from Cabaye. Great one-handed stop from the keeper. That had goal written all over it.
Warnock makes three determined slide tackles in quick succession and gets a handsome round of applause from the Villa faithful.
Abrighton flashes an effort across the face of goal from the left. Hard to say whether that was an intended cross or shot as it fell somewhere inbetween.
Ireland seeing plenty of the ball since coming on. Villa are starting to string some meaningful passes together.
S. Taylor slips causing a defensive mix-up but Bent is unable to capitalise as his effort is eventually cleared by the Newcastle man, with Tim Krul caught in no man's land.
Ba thunders a powerful effort straight down the throat of Given. Great strike of the ball there, but Given was well positioned.
Villa yellow: Petrov is blown up for a slide tackle on Best and Bannan is booked for complaining. Petrov looked to have won the ball there. Taylor is unable to make the free-kick count.
GOAL NEWCASTLE: Best slots in at the second attempt as his initial header off a Tiote cross is saved by Given. Terrible marking by the Villa defence there.
Bannan is caught by Cabaye. That's a terrible tackle, he really should have gotten a yellow for having his studs up.
Villa enter the break a goal up thanks to Agbonlahor's 13th minute effort. Join us in 15 minutes for the second instalment.
Collins tries to clear a cross from Gutierrez but the ball skids off his boot and requires Given to step in and collect the goal-bound effort. Easy stop really for the former Newcastle keeper.
The visitors are hogging possession at the moment but Villa look organised in defence, except for at corners.
Good bout of pressure from the Magpies as Ryan Taylor turns nicely before having a left-footed effort deflected for a corner.
Newcastle push forward again as Ba squeezes out a shot which gets deflected over by Dunne for a corner. Dunne heads the resultant set-piece clear.
Gutierrez volleys over in the Villa box following a flick on off Simpson's cross from the right. Poor technique there by the Argentine as he was leaning back.
It's been a lively opening 30 minutes, there should be plenty more goals in it by the looks of things.
Newcastle earn a corner and Stephen Taylor nearly scores as he forces a sharp diving save from Given with a first time left-footed volley.
Bent sidefoots the ball wide from close range after Petrov tees him up. That should have been 2-0. Great build-up though starting with Agbonlahor's superb through-ball for Petrov.
Given thwarts Demba Ba in a one-on-one position but the Newcastle man is blown up for offside in any event. Marginal call that.
Stephen Warnock does brilliantly to tackle Obertan as the French forward pushed forward at pace. Warnock picks up a slight knock for his troubles but he looks to be alright.
Cabaye has some choice words with Alan Hutton after the Scottish defender dropped under his fair challenge.
The goal has swung the mometum back Villa's way as Stiliyan Petrov - on target against the Toffees, has an effort deflected clear.
Bannan, who has made a bright start, thunders a left-footed volley across goal. Decent effort from the Scottsh midfielder.
GOAL VILLA: Agbonlahor holds off Coloccini in the box to convert Bannan's cross from the left. That's his third goal of the season.
The visitors are gaining some momentum as Given has to pluck a Fabricio Coloccini cross from the left out the air.
Newcastle win the ball back and Gabriel Obertan's attempted cross nearly embarrasses Shay Given, who tips the ball over for another corner, which Villa clear.
Leon Best goes down on the edge of the area and earns a free-kick for Newcastle. Ryan Taylor's effort strikes the wall and the ball eventually goes out for a corner.
Agbonlahor breaks down the left again but is dispossessed as he is shaping to shoot on the edge of the area.
Smart build up by Newcastle, starting with Cheick Tioté in midfield, before Yohan Cabaye flashes an effort just wide of the target.
Villa looking that touch sharper in the early stages with Charles N'Zogbia looking dangerous on the left.
Bannan tries to find Gabriel Agbonlahor with a useful ball over the top but it's a touch too strong for the Villa attacker.
Barry Bannan, starting on the right side of midfield, cuts into the centre and nearly takes a crack as the ball sits up nicely. However, he is afforded no such opportunity.
Chris Green adds: Am backing Newcastle today and i will predict a 1-0 win for them today with Ryan Taylor scoring it.
Newcastle: Krul, Coloccini, Simpson, R Taylor, S Taylor, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Tiote, Ba, Best, Obertan. Subs: Elliot, Perch, Guthrie, Marveaux, Lovenkrands, Ameobi.
Villa: Given, Hutton, Warnock, Dunne, Collins, N'Zogbia, Delph, Petrov, Bannan, Bent, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Lowry, Ireland, Albrighton, Herd, Gardner, Delfouneso.
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If you're feeling lucky, Newcastle are 3-1 to win according to our friends at Sky Bet while Gabriel Agbonlahor is 6-1 to be the first goalscorer.
Meanwhile, Alan Pardew aims to end a run of four consecutive defeats at Villa Park, but he will have to make do without injured trio Mike Williamson, Haris Vuckic and Hatem Ben Arfa.
Villa boss Alex McLeish will be without former England attacker Emile Heskey, who faces three weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. Jermaine Jenas, a recent signing from Tottenham Hotspur, also misses out with a thigh complaint.
Both teams are unbeaten, with Newcastle earning a point from Monday's fixture with Queens Park Rangers.
The Villans, who drew 2-2 at Everton last weekend, have collected a respectable six points from four games - two points less than the Magpies.