Michael Laudrup’s Capital One Cup holders take on the Magpies.
The Liberty Stadium welcomes back the heroes of Wembley and no doubt the home supporters will be in jubilant mood ahead of kick-off. The priority for Michael Laudrup, however, is that his players remain focused and do not let their Capital One Cup success be a precursor to an end-of-season slump. Arriving in south Wales is a Newcastle side that has won three of its last four games and no longer appears consumed with relegations worries. It is a concern for the visitors, though, that their captain, Fabricio Coloccini, is out injured.
Venue Liberty Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Last season Swansea 0 Newcastle 2
Referee Craig Pawson
This season’s matches n/a
Subs from Cornell, Tremmel, Agustien, Tate, Hernández, Lamah, Shechter, Moore, Tiendalli, Gower, Monk, Lucas
Doubtful Vorm (illness)
Injured Flores (foot, 16 Mar), Taylor (ankle, Apr)
Form guide LWLDWD
Disciplinary record Y45 R2
Leading scorer Michu 15
Subs from Alnwick, Simpson, Haïdara, Perch, Williamson, Anita, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Obertan, Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Tavernier
Doubtful Ben Arfa (hamstring)
Injured Coloccini (back, Apr), Krul (ankle, Apr), R Taylor (knee, Aug), Vuckic (knee, Aug), Harper (knee, unknown)
Form guide WLWWLD
Disciplinary record Y51 R2
Leading scorer Cissé 6
Swansea are bidding to do the double over the Magpies, having won 2-1 at St James’ Park in November.
This is their 31st league meeting. Newcastle have dominated, winning 18 to Swansea’s nine.
The Swans have won only three times in their last 12 Premier League outings.
Swansea’s record after going ahead is the best in the Premier League – a solitary draw representing their only dropped points this season.
The Swans’ home record after 13 league games is identical to last year (W5, D6, L2).
Each of the last two League Cup winners have lost their next game: Liverpool losing 2-1 to Arsenal last year and Birmingham beaten 3-1 by West Brom in 2011.
Michu has 15 Premier League goals this season and 19 in all competitions after scoring in Swansea’s League Cup triumph.
Newcastle have only won one of their last five league games on their travels but have lost just twice in their last eight games in all competitions.
The Magpies’ win against Southampton last time out was the first time they have won a league game this season having conceded first.
They have only been involved in one goalless draw this season in the Premier League, against Norwich on 12 January.
Papiss Cisse’s wonder strike against Southampton last weekend took his league tally this season to six.
If chosen, Newcastle’s Gabriel Obertan will be making his 50th career Premier League appearance.
Moussa Sissoko has scored three times in his last three league games.
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