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By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

Newcastle United travel to South Wales on Good Friday for a Premier League clash against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

The Magpies will be looking to make it four wins out of four and continue their push for a place in Europe next term, while Swansea are hoping to end a run of back-to-back defeats.

When the sides met in December on Tyneside, United dominated proceedings but had to settle for a goalless draw in front of nearly 52,000.

 

STAT ATTACK
Friday's game is the 36th between the two clubs and the 30th in the league.


TICKET NEWS
Ticket sales for this fixture have now ended.


LAST MEETING
December 17, 2011 - Newcastle United 0 Swansea City 0

Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, James Perch, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Gabriel Obertan (Sammy Ameobi 82), Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote (Haris Vuckic 82), Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best (Shola Ameobi 71), Demba Ba

Swansea (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Ashley Richards, Ashley Williams, Steven Caulker, Neil Taylor; Leon Britton, Joe Allen; Wayne Routledge, Mark Gower (Kerny Agustien 46), Scott Sinclair (Nathan Dyer 77); Danny Graham


FULL RECORD v SWANSEA
P35 W21 D5 L9 F68 A39


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)
Swansea - LLWWWL
Newcastle - WWWLDD


LAST LINE-UP
Swansea (v Tottenham, Premier League):
Michel Vorm; Angel Rangel, Ashley Williams, Gary Monk (c), Neil Taylor; Leon Britton, Joe Allen (Mark Gower 90); Wayne Routledge (Nathan Dyer 71), Gylfi Sigurdsson, Scott Sinclair; Danny Graham (Luke Moore 79)
Not used: Gerhard Tremmel, Alan Tate, Josh McEachran, Leroy Lita

Newcastle (v Liverpool, Premier League): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Jonas Gutierrez (c); Danny Guthrie (Dan Gosling 65), Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Hatem Ben Arfa (Davide Santon 90), Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 74), Demba Ba
Not used: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic


TEAM NEWS
Swansea -
On-loan centre-back Stephen Caulker should return to the Swans' back-line after being ineligible to face his parent club Tottenham last time out. And they have few injury concerns, with only Kerny Agustien (ankle) and Ferrie Bodde (knee) ruled out.

Newcastle - Midfielder Danny Guthrie has been ruled out through a calf strain, meaning he joins Fabricio Coloccini (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (ankle), Steven Taylor (Achilles), Leon Best (knee), Sylvain Marveaux (hip and groin), Peter Lovenkrands (thigh) and Sammy Ameobi (knee) on the sidelines.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Brendan Rodgers, Swansea manager:
"Alan has done a brilliant job there. He is someone who I know very well. I worked with him as a young coach at Reading. He is at a club now that allows his to produce his talents. I know there were probably a few eyebrows raised when he went to Newcastle, but he's shown in his time there that he is a very good manager."

Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "I've said all along that if we could just get to this last period of games and be in the frame then we would give it a go, and that's what we will do. We are looking forward to Friday. Swansea play an open game, they look to stretch the pitch but they give you chances as well, and we will try to take those."


REFEREE
Howard Webb (Yorkshire) - 2011/12 record: 40 games, 128 yellow cards, five red cards


PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Joe Allon, Shefki Kuqi, Wayne Routledge


DID YOU KNOW?
Swansea have only won three of their last ten home matches, including losing two of their last three at the Liberty Stadium.