Toon host Swans at St James’ Park. This preview is courtesy of fanatix.
Newcastle exceeded expectations by finishing fifth last term but the 1-0 home defeat to West Ham last weekend suggests that boss Alan Pardew has plenty of work to do if his side are to replicate that feat. Key to the Magpies’ season will be getting strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse simultaneously scoring goals and Pardew is likely to start the duo for the visit of Swansea. He is without the suspended Fabricio Coloccini and the injured Yohan Cabaye.
Michael Laudrup’s inconsistent but improving side would be happy to finish where they are now – 11th – but must tighten up defensively if they are not to be drawn into the relegation mire.
Venue St James’ Park, Saturday 3pm
Last season Newcastle 0 Swansea 0
Referee Phil Dowd
This season’s matches 6 Y18, R2, 3.33 cards per game
Odds Newcastle 10-11 Swansea 3-1 Draw 5-2
fanatix predicted line-ups:
Subs from Harper, Amalfitano, Abeid, Tavernier, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Obertan
Doubtful Cissé (awaiting Fifa ruling)
Injured Cabaye (stomach, 25 Nov), Gutiérrez (knee, 25 Nov), R Taylor (knee, May), Vuckic (knee, May), Elliot (groin, unknown), Gosling (knee, unknown), Perch (thigh, unknown)
Suspended Coloccini (second of three)
Form guide LDWDLD
Disciplinary record Y23 R2
Leading scorer Ba 7
Subs from Cornell, Tate, Graham, Dyer, Monk, Shechter, Moore, Tiendalli, Situ, Gower, Lita, Richards, Lucas, Donnelly
Doubtful Agustien (toe), Britton (knock), Flores (dead leg), Hernández (ankle)
Injured Ki (hamstring, 25 Nov), Bartley (thigh, 8 Dec), Vorm (groin, 23 Dec), Taylor (ankle, May)
Form guide DDLWDL
Disciplinary record Y23 R2
Leading scorer Michu 6
Swansea have failed to score in their last four visits to Newcastle in all competitions, losing three of them, since a 2-1 victory in the old Division Two in October 1980.
Newcastle are 11 points down on this stage last season, when they sat third in the league table with 25 points.
They are unbeaten when scoring first this season but are yet to win after conceding the opening goal.
It’s over two years since the Magpies came from behind to win a league game – a 2-1 victory at West Ham in October 2010.
Swansea have won one of their last nine league games.
They registered their first away point and goal in four matches at Southampton last weekend.
They have taken 13 points from their opening 11 league games, just as they did last season under Brendan Rodgers.
The Swans have yet to surrender a lead in the Premier League this season, winning all three matches in which they were ahead.
Angel Rangel could make his 200th league start for Swansea.
fanatix prediction: 2-2 draw.
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