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  • 2 March 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: C. Pawson
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Swansea - Newcastle Preview: Laudrup out to break drawing habit against in-form Magpies

Swansea - Newcastle Preview: Laudrup out to break drawing habit against in-form Magpies

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The Swans' first match as newly-crowned Capital One Cup winners sees them take on an improved Toon side who have seen victory in three of their last four league games

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SWANSEA CITY
Swansea City
Vorm
Rangel, Bartley, Williams, Davies
Dyer, De Guzman, Ki, Britton, Pablo
Michu
NEWCASTLE UNITED
  Newcastle United
Elliot
Debuchy, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon
Gutierrez, Cabaye, Tiote, Gouffran
Sissoko
Cisse

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup will again be without Spanish central defender Chico who misses out through an ankle injury picked up during the 4-1 home victory against QPR, with Kyle Bartley likely to take his place in the starting line-up.

Neil Taylor, who suffered a fractured ankle at the start of the season, is still a few weeks away from returning, thus allowing Ben Davies to continue in his impressive debut season at left-back.

Alan Pardew is likely to be without Fabio Coloccini (back) but Yohan Cabaye (illness) should be fit after both were both forced into substitutions during Newcastle's 4-2 win over Southampton last weekend.

The Toon manager has been boosted by Hatem Ben Arfa's return to training this week after hamstring troubles, but the Frenchman will not be risked at the Liberty Stadium.

Rob Elliot will continue to deputise in goal for only his second league match for the club, with first-choice keeper Tim Krul (ankle) and Steve Harper (knee) both unavailable.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Swansea forward Michu (pictured right) has scored 39.5 per cent of the clubs league goals this season having hit the back of the net 15 times. Only Aston Villa's Christian Benteke is relied upon more for his club with 42.3% of their total.
  • QPR are the only league side to have drawn more games than Michael Laudrup's side at home, with seven in comparison to the Swans' six.
  • Swansea have scored 23 goals from open play at home this season - more than any other team in the league.
  • Newcastle have recorded only one victory on their travels this season, taking three points in their 2-1 win at Villa Park.
  • Moussa Sissoko has scored three goals for Newcastle in his first four Toon games, including a brace against Chelsea.
  • The club have won three of their last four league games with only Tottenham getting the better of them in a 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane.
  • Match referee Craig Pawson will take charge of his first Premier League game on Saturday. The last Newcastle fixture he took charge of saw the club claim the Championship title in victory over Plymouth.

Players to watch

N. Dyer

Position: Midfielder

Games: 11

  • 3
  • 1
  • 0
The winger scored twice during victory over Bradford last Sunday but was denied the chance of becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in a League Cup final as Jonathan de Guzman denied him a penalty. His pace and distribution from the wings could be important for the Swans again as they look to take advantage of third-choice keeper Rob Elliot’s inexperience between the sticks. How he reacts to last Sunday’s incident could be an interesting watch, particularly if there is another penalty appeal!

M. Sissoko

Position: Midfielder

Games: 12

  • 1
  • 4
  • 0
The Frenchman offers a dynamism in midfield which combines both the defensive strength and attacking threat needed for a strong all-round performer - already notching three goals in the process. His physicality and height can be a great asset, and against a Swansea side who have the second-lowest aerial success rate in the league this season with an average of 13.4 challenges won per game - Sissoko has a real chance of impacting the play.

Editor's Prediction

Swansea will be high on confidence following victory over Bradford City in the Capital One Cup final, however, the visitors have also found some league form in recent games which could prove vital. Although the Toon have struggled on the road for much fo the campaign, their resurgence and the Swans' inability to kill teams off on their own patch should result in a close affair.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Swansea City

Newcastle United

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Swansea City AFC SWA
Swansea City AFC Swansea City
Draw
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Newcastle United FC Newcastle United
43%
16%
41%

Top 3 Predictions

Swansea City AFC SWA
1 - 2
Newcastle United FC NEW
Swansea City AFC SWA
2 - 1
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Swansea City AFC SWA
2 - 0
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