Newcastle United v Swansea City: Premier League match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's fixture at St James’ Park
Saturday 19 April 2014
Despite securing their place in the Premier League weeks ago, and sitting comfortably in the top half, having sold their best player and not replaced him, Alan Pardew is under pressure at Newcastle. Four consecutive defeats have cast a sense of gloom over St James’ Park, and the Magpies are meandering towards the end of the season.
Swansea are also enduring a tough time, their win against Norwich an only victory in a twelve game spell that has seen them knocked out of European and domestic cups, and sucked towards a relegation battle.
By the time they kick off in the North East, Swansea could be within one point of the bottom three – Gary Monk’s men need a result if they are to maintain their top flight status. They have excellent recent form against Newcastle, and they’ll need to maintain it.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Swansea 3 (Dyer, Debuch OG, Shelvey) Newcastle 0, Premier League, December 2013
Swansea 1 (Moore) Newcastle 0, Premier League, March 2013
Newcastle 1 (Ba) Swansea 2 (Michu, De Guzman), Premier League, November 2012
Until Boxing Day Newcastle had lost only one of their nine home league games – since then they have lost six out of eight
Newcastle’s four draws is the fewest of any team in the top half of the table
When Loic Remy has been absent, Newcastle have one just once in the league this season
Since Gary Monk took over, Swansea have picked up just two points from five away league games
Both of Monk’s wins as Swans manager have come by a 3-0 scoreline
Newcastle have only beaten Swansea once in the Premier League in five meetings
Newcastle to win: 2.62
Swansea to win: 2.6
CLASSIC MOMENT – Papiss Cisse scores his second goal to seal a Newcastle win in 2012
Newcastle were already in the lead through a first half Cisse strike when the Senegalese forward produced a moment of genius to wrap up the game. Slid in down the inside left channel by Yohan Cabaye, Cisse’s first touch looked to have got a little bit stuck under his own feet. His second, however, was stunning, digging out a miraculous chip over Michel Vorm and into the net.
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm
Do you qualify – and how do you get it?
The Mayor of London's sister, Rachel Johnson, apologises for shocking tweet about the PM
Actress isn't a fan of Ed Miliband
Video: The official full-length trailer for the Jurassic Park sequel has dropped – two days early
Latest in Sport
Phil Hughes head injury: Cricket world reels as Australian opener fights for his life
Sam Wallace: Players of Suarez’s standing just don’t sign for clubs like Liverpool
Phil Hughes head injury: Batsman had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him
Manchester City vs Bayern Munich comment: Frank Lampard's part in City win shows folly of letting him leave
Schalke vs Chelsea: Roberto Di Matteo admits thrashing by former side was most painful defeat of his career
- 1 Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
- 3 Black Friday 2014: Opening hours for John Lewis, Asda, PC World, GAME and Argos
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services