Paul Dummett
By Mark Hannen

 

Newcastle United will be looking to end their six-game losing run when they entertain Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Towards the end of last season the Magpies also lost six on the bounce but then ended that dismal run in style by beating another Welsh side, Cardiff City, 3-0 at St. James' Park.

United go into the fixture on the back of a 3-1 home defeat against Tottenham, 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 a brace as Newcastle twice came from behind to earn a point at the Liberty Stadium, cancelling out goals from Wilfried Bony and Wayne Routledge.

Follow Saturday's fixture right here on nufc.co.uk for on-the-whistle half-time and full-time reports and exclusive post-match reaction, or live updates on Twitter at @NUFC.

 

STAT ATTACK
Saturday is the 42nd match between the two clubs and the 36th in the league.


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LAST MEETING
4th October, 2014 - Swansea 2 (Bony 17, Routledge 50)  Newcastle 2 (Cisse 43, 75)

Swansea (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Ashley Richards, Federico Fernandez, Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor; Ki Sung-Yueng, Jonjo Shelvey; Nathan Dyer (Jefferson Montero 86), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Marvin Emnes 86), Wayne Routledge; Wilfried Bony

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett; Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback (Emmanuel Riviere 69); Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran (Sammy Ameobi 58); Papiss Cisse (Ayoze Perez 85)


FULL RECORD v SWANSEA
P41 W22 D6 L13 F74 A49


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)

Newcastle - LLLLLL
Swansea- LDWWLL


LAST LINE-UP
Newcastle (v Tottenham, Premier League): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Vurnon Anita (Adam Armstrong 75); Mehdi Abeid (Gabriel Obertan 46), Ryan Taylor, Jack Colback; Yoan Gouffran (Sammy Ameobi 46), Ayoze Perez, Remy Cabella
Subs not used: Freddie Woodman, Jamie Sterry, Olivier Kemen, Emmanuel Riviere

Swansea (v Leicester, Premier League): Lukasz Fabianski; Jordi Amat, Federico Fernandez, Ashley Williams, Angel Rangel; Jack Cork; Ki Sung-Yueng (Jefferson Montero 58), Jonjo Shelvey; Gylfi Sigurdsson; Nelson Oliveira (Marvin Emnes 75), Wayne Routledge (Nathan Dyer 70)
Subs not used: Gerhard Tremmel, Kyle Bartley, Leon Britton, Matt Grimes


TOP SCORER
Newcastle - Papiss Cisse (11)
Swansea- Bafetimbi Gomis (8)


TEAM NEWS
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. Winger Rolando Aarons (hamstring) and defender Paul Dummett (knee) are back in training but will not be risked. 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.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
John Carver, Newcastle head coach: "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."

Garry Monk, Swansea manager: "Every time we've had a setback this season, we've come back strong. Hopefully we can show that again on Saturday. We need to start well and get some momentum in the game, which will hopefully affect them. We've done well there in recent years, and it's a great place to play your football. The pitch is great and the crowd are great, but it is a tough place to go. Newcastle will want to bounce back from recent results, and John (Carver) is an experienced coach, who I'm sure is giving everything and using all his experience to push those players."


REFEREE
Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire): 2014/15 record - 31 games, 123 yellow cards, 4 red cards


PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Ivor Allchurch, Joe Allon, Alan Davies, David Edgar, Shefki Kuqi, Wayne Routledge


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DID YOU KNOW?
Swansea are one of three current Premier League clubs United have not beaten at St. James' Park in the Premier League era - the others being Burnley and Hull.