By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United entertain Swansea City at the Sports Direct Arena on Saturday in Premier League action (3pm kick-off).
It is almost two years since the sides last met, where a late Andy Carroll effort salvaged a point for the Magpies in the Championship.
Having lost last time out at Norwich, Alan Pardew's side will be looking to bounce back to winning ways, while Swansea triumphed over Fulham last weekend.
Saturday's match will be the 35th match between the sides, and the 29th in the league. It is the first ever top flight meeting of the teams.
13th February, 2010 - Swansea 1 (Cotteril 56) Newcastle 1 (Carroll 87)
Swansea (4-4-2): Dorus de Vries; Federico Bessone (Angel Rangel 7), Ashley Williams, Garry Monk, Alan Tate; Nathan Dyer (Tom Butler 80), Darren Pratley, Joe Allen, David Cotterill; Andrea Orlandi, Shefki Kuqi (Gorka Pintado 74)
Newcastle (4-4-2): Steve Harper; Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Fitz Hall, Patrick van Aanholt; Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith, Kevin Nolan, Wayne Routledge; Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands (Leon Best 66)
FULL RECORD v SWANSEA
P34 W21 D4 L9 F68 A39
(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - LLDLWW
Swansea - WLDLDW
Newcastle (v Norwich, Premier League): Tim Krul; Ryan Taylor, James Perch, Danny Simpson, Davide Santon (Shane Ferguson 90); Gabriel Obertan (Sammy Ameobi 81), Dan Gosling, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi (Alan Smith 90), Demba Ba
Not used: Rob Elliot, Hatem Ben Arfa, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best
Swansea (v Fulham, Premier League): Michel Vorm; Jazz Richards, Steven Caulker, Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor; Wayne Routledge (Nathan Dyer 89), Leon Britton, Mark Gower, Scott Sinclair; Leroy Lita (Danny Graham 76), Luke Moore (Kenny Agustien 69)
Not used: Gerhad Tremmel, Garry Monk, Federico Bessone, Stephen Dobbie
Newcastle - Steven Taylor (ruptured Achilles), Sylvain Marveaux (hip and groin) and Danny Guthrie (groin) are sidelined by injury, while Dan Gosling starts a three-match ban following his straight red card at Norwich last weekend. Doubts remain over Cheick Tiote (knee) and captain Fabricio Coloccini (thigh), but defender Mike Williamson could return from a long-term ankle injury after playing 45 minutes for the Reserves in midweek.
Swansea - Midfielder Joe Allen is available for selection after serving a one-game suspension, while defender Garry Monk and striker Danny Graham are pushing for recalls to the Swans' starting line-up.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "We know it is an important game on Saturday and Christmas is an important period for us too. Brendan has done a super job at Swansea. They have had a great start.
"For us, it will be about making sure that when they come to our stadium they feel the impact of it."
Brendan Rodgers, Swansea manager: "It is a game we are really looking forward to. We are going to a great stadium with passionate supporters, but we will have our own fans making the long journey, making a lot of noise and we go there on the back of a great result and we are looking to win the game."
Lee Mason (Lancashire) - 2011/12 record: 14 games, 44 yellow cards, two red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Ivor Allchurch, Joe Allon, Shefki Kuqi, Wayne Routledge,
DID YOU KNOW?
Newcastle have won every match in which they have scored first this season, with that happening seven times. In contrast, Swansea have lost every league game where the opposition has scored first.