Welcome one and all to this ‘Game On’ article which will take us through the highs and lows as we play host to Swansea in this afternoons Premier league game (3pm kick-off), Newcastle United will be looking to end their record equaling six-game losing run,as im sure JC will not want to lose 7 in a row and gain a new record.
We go into the fixture on the back of a 3-1 home defeat against Spurs, while Swansea also lost last time out – going down 2-0 at relegation-threatened Leicester City.
When the sides met earlier this season, Papiss Cisse scored twice as Newcastle twice came from behind to earn a point at the Liberty Stadium, cancelling out goals from Wilfried Bony and Wayne Routledge.
Speaking ahead of the game JC said “Swansea are a side who will try and keep the ball and so we’ll have to be patient at times, but I’ve got to come up with a winning formula and get the three points. I remember in the fixture last year they got a very late winner in the death of the game that killed us off a little bit. We know what they’re about and we know their strengths and weaknesses but it’s about us now. We got a good draw earlier in the season and we’re looking to take that one step further this weekend.”
Newcastle – Siem de Jong returns to the matchday squad following a collapsed lung, and the Dutch international could make his first appearance since August after coming through two under-21 games unscathed.Jonas Gutierrez should also be back in the team, after making up with JC after their training ground bust up. Winger Rolando Aarons (hamstring) and defender Paul Dummett (knee) are back in training but will not be risked today. Moussa Sissoko is again missing, serving the final game of his two-match ban, while Saturday is the fifth match of seven that Papiss Cisse has to sit out through suspension. Massadio Haidara (knee), Cheick Tiote (knee) and Steven Taylor (Achilles) remain sidelined.
Swansea– Full-back Neil Taylor is suspended, while Kyle Naughton (ankle) Bafetimbi Gomis (hamstring) and Tom Carroll (ankle) are all expected to be sidelined through injury.
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Team line up’s
Newcastle United Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Anita, R.Taylor, Gutierrez, Colback, Cabella, Riviere, Perez.
Subs Woodman, Abeid, Gouffran, Obertan, Ameobi, de Jong, Armstrong.
Swansea Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams (capt), Amat, Cork, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Dyer, Montero, Oliviera.
Subs Tremmel, Bartley, Britton, Ki, Fulton, Grimes, Emnes.