Match preview: Swansea City v Newcastle - Premier League
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Liberty Stadium
Friday 01 March 2013
There is likely to be a party atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea’s first game since beating Bradford City 5-0 to lift the Capital One Cup last weekend.
With European football for next season guaranteed, Michael Laudrup’s side will be looking now be looking to cement their place in the top half.
They face Newcastle, who eased their relegation fears with a 4-2 win over Southampton on their last outing – their third win in their last four games.
Alan Pardew’s side currently sit in 13th place, six points above the drop zone.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS...
Newcastle 1 (Ba) Swansea 2 (Michu, De Guzman), Premier League, November 2012
Swansea 0 Newcastle 2 (Cisse 2), Premier League, April 2012
Newcastle 0 Swansea 0, Premier League, December 2011
Swansea have not won any of the 14 games in which they have fallen behind this season.
Swansea have won 75 per cent of games played in March, the best record of any Premier League side.
Newcastle have won just one away game this season.
Newcastle have scored 10 goals in their last four games.
Swansea to win: 2.12
Newcastle to win: 3.85
Pappiss Cisse, having already scored, added a sublime second – taking one touch before sending an audacious lob over Swansea ‘keeper Michel Vorm with the outside of his right foot last season.
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm on Saturday
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