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Newcastle United-Aston Villa Preview

Newcastle United will "keep plugging away" under Steve Bruce despite a dismal run of form heading into Saturday's Premier League meeting with Aston Villa.

The Magpies are winless in nine in all competitions, crashing out of both domestic cups while seeing their league season stall.

Bruce's side are in danger of being sucked into a relegation battle, with performances as concerning as results, but the head coach is optimistic Newcastle's fortunes will change.