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Swansea vs Newcastle - as it happened: Jamaal Lascelles' late strike hands visitors all three points

Re-live all the action from the Liberty Stadium

Charlie Wood,Sam Dymond
Saturday 09 September 2017 09:33
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Both Swansea and Newcastle have made underwhelming starts to the season, sitting in 13th and 14th place respectively. Things have been particularly frustrating for Magpies boss Rafael Benitez, who did not receive the financial backing that he expected in this summer’s transfer window.

Meanwhile, Swans boss Paul Clement has experienced either a good or a bad transfer window, depending on whose words you believe. The ex-Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea assistant coach opted to sell Swansea’s star men – Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente – for a combined £60m, bringing in Renato Sanches and Wilfried Bony as approximate replacements.

Bony is a former Swansea player, of course, and will want to make an instant impact at the stadium he calls his “garden”. Sanches, winner of the 2016 ‘Golden Boy’ award as Europe’s best player aged 21 or under, will be even keener to impress; his career has stalled at Clement’s ex-employees Bayern.

Both Swansea and Newcastle claimed their first wins of the season last week, and should be in confident moods going into the game. Newcastle will be particularly rejuvenated after last Saturday’s 3-0 victory over West Ham - the sense of relief amongst everyone at the club was palpable.

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What time does it start?

Swansea vs Newcastle kicks off at 16:00 on Sunday September 10th.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 15:30. Highlights will be shown at 22:30 on BBC One.

It’s a big game for…

Sanches suffered a disappointing debut season at Bayern Munich

Renato Sanches: The 20-year-old is aiming to reignite his career at Swansea after a desperately disappointing year with Bayern Munich, and could make his debut against Newcastle. Once considered the next wonderkid of European football, Sanches will be desperate to impress.

Best stat…

2: Swansea are something of a bogey team for Newcastle, with the Magpies having beaten the Swans just twice in ten Premier League matches between the sides.

Remember when…

Papiss Cissé scored a superb goal for Newcastle against Swansea in April 2012. The pressing ontological question is: was it a chip or a lob?

Player to watch…

Christian Atsu: Newcastle’s first summer signing is in excellent form. He shows constant willingness to attack full-backs, and provided a superb assist for Joselu in last week’s win over West Ham.

Past three meetings…

Newcastle 3 (Lascelles, Sissoko, Townsend) Swansea 0, Premier League, April 2016

Swansea 2 (Gomis, Ayew) Newcastle 0, Premier League, August 2015

Newcastle 2 (Pérez, De Jong) Swansea 3 (Oliveira, Sigurdsson, Cork) Premier League, March 2016

Form guide…

Swansea: WWDLWW

Newcastle: WWLLLW

Odds…

Swansea to win: 23/17

Newcastle to win: 9/4

Draw: 9/4

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Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Premier League clash between Swansea and Newcastle.

We'll be bringing you all the latest action, reaction and analysis from the Liberty Stadium so make sure to stay tuned!

Team news at 3.00pm...

Samuel Lovett10 September 2017 14:32
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TEAM NEWS

Sam Dymond10 September 2017 15:11
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Let's a have a closer look at how the two teams line up at the Liberty...

...where the big news is a debut for Bayern Munich star Renato Sanches. The on-loan Portuguese midfielder comes into Paul Clement's team as Mike van der Hoorn drops to the bench. Swansea fans will have to wait to witness the return of Wilfried Bony; the Ivory Coast striker is only on the bench after joining the club again from Manchester City.

Newcastle make two changes of their own as Jesus Gamez and Jacob Murphy prepare for their first starts for the club. Chancel Mbemba joins the injury list at St James' Park while Christian Atsu drops to the bench. Back from suspension and returning to the Liberty Stadium, Jonjo Shelvey is only named as a substitute. Perhaps the most noticeable absentee in the Newcastle ranks though is manager Rafa Benitez. The Spanish coach has not travelled with his team after undergoing an operation on his hernia.

Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Clucas, Sanches, Carroll, Fer, Ayew, Abraham

Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Van der Hoorn, Roque Mesa, Routledge, Narsingh, Bony

Newcastle: Elliot, Clark, Lascelles, Murphy, Ritchie, Hayden, Perez, Manquillo, Joselu, Merino, Gamez.

Subs: Woodman, Shelvey, Gayle, Diame, Lejeune, Yedlin, Atsu

Referee: Mike Jones

Sam Dymond10 September 2017 15:51
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He's back!

"Mum! Dig my old shirt out of the attic!" 

Sam Dymond10 September 2017 15:53
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Here we go with the second game of the day. It's been a slow start to the season for both Swansea and Newcastle but a win for either this afternoon will launch the victors into the top half of the Premier League table.

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KICK-OFF: As the rain falls on South Wales, Swansea get the second Premier League game of the day underway. Within seconds, Isaac Hayden goes on a barnstorming run down the right before the attack is repelled with a clearance that has Jordan Ayew on the chase. Already it's better than the early fixture.

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3 mins: Early involvement for Renato Sanches who wins possession on the right before coming off the flank and winning a free-kick 28 yards from goal. Tom Carroll lines up the subsequent set-piece, but curls his effort high over the bar.

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5 mins: Matt Ritchie goes sliding in unnecessarily - which is about the 12th time I've written those exact words this season. When did he become such a liability?

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6 mins: Sanches is seeing plenty of the ball early in the contest, and has shown the impressive physical elements of his game by winning possession with ease off opponents. His passing? Meh, not so good. He sends a second ball in quick succession straight to an opponent with teammates well placed.

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8 mins: A first yellow card of the game is shown to Isaac Hayden, who leaves a tactical foot in on Sanches as the Swansea player flicks clear on the edge of his own box. Welcome to the Premier League, etc, etc.

Sam Dymond10 September 2017 16:09

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