Swansea City will be looking for their 3rd win in the space of 8 days when Newcastle United visit the Liberty Stadium for Saturday’s early afternoon kick off in front of the Sky Sports cameras. (12:45pm)
The Swans will be seeking revenge after the Magpies beat us 3-0 at St James’ Park earlier in the season, while Newcastle are eager to bounce back from Tuesday’s surprise 3-0 defeat away at Derby County.
Paulo Sousa has called for Swansea City fans to up the volume at the Liberty Stadium as he urges them to be the twelfth man and help the players to an excellent result against a side who look destined for an instant return to the Premier League.
‘It’s not that I haven’t been impressed with them but he reality is that they (Newcastle) are better than everyone else,’ said the two-time Champions League winner.
‘From the beginning I’ve said they are the best side and belong to the Premier League.
‘But they can lose games. We want to put them under pressure, they don’t have the taste for two consecutive defeats which could come under such pressure, we want to press them and profit from that.
‘Hopefully we can do our job properly and give 100 per cent.’
Swansea City Team News:
Paulo Sousa is most definitely going to make further changes to his starting line-up, as he often rotates his team. Midfielders David Cotterill and Joe Allen were dropped in midfield so they’ll be hoping to return, while Shefki Kuqi will be aiming to keep his place up front after scoring in the 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
Angel Rangel, involved in much controversy recently, could be back after an injury but he’ll need to put a much improved performance than in his last match against Newcastle United. The Spaniard struggled throughout against their left-sided players.
Dutch winger Cedric van der Gun is getting closer to returning to action but he is most likely going to sit out again for tomorrow’s match.
Striker Craig Beattie and defender Albert Serran are also still injured.
Player to watch: Shefki Kuqi
If he keeps his place, we’ll be relying on him to lead the attack with the strength and enthusiasm he has shown so far since his January move. He scored on his full debut at Crystal Palace and hopefully he can find the net again on Saturday.
Newcastle United Team News:
Fabricio Coloccini gives Newcastle United a boost as he returns from a hamstring injury to face the Swans.
The Argentine defender has been sidelined for the past 10 days but manager Chris Hughton is confident that he’ll back in the side to face Swansea City:
‘Fabricio will be fine for Swansea,’
‘That’s a boost because he has been a consistent performer this season.’
Hughton also expects defender Ryan Taylor to play despite struggling with a hamstring problem recently, but former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt is out with a thigh injury.
Player to watch: Kevin Nolan
The former Bolton midfielder, now captain of Newcastle United is eager for his side to get back to winning ways and back to top of the League after a 3-0 defeat away at Derby County in midweek. He’s currently the club’s top scorer with 10 League goals.
Match Facts & Stats
Newcastle’s defeat on Tuesday was their first in the League since October 2009.
It’s the first League meeting between the two sides at Swansea since 1983, we lost 2-1.
Our last home win against the Magpies was a 4-0 thrashing in 1980.
Newcastle haven’t won in their last 5 away games, Swansea City are looking for their 3rd consecutive win, and 3rd win in 8 days.
It’s a tough match for the Swans at home, one of the toughest of the season no doubt. Newcastle were disappointed to lose in midweek and they’ll be determined to get back to winning ways this weekend.
The Swans are also in confident mood though, our defence continues to look strong as we increase our clean sheet tally to 17 for the season.
I think we’ll see an entertaining game between two footballing sides, with both going home pretty happy with a point.
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