By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle entertain Swansea City at St. James' Park on Saturday afternoon in the Barclays Premier League (3pm kick-off).
The Magpies go into the fixture hoping for an immediate return to winning ways, having suffered a 1-0 defeat against West Ham last time out, while Swansea recorded a score-draw away at Southampton.
When the sides met last season, they played out a goalless draw on Tyneside just before Christmas, before a Papiss Cisse double earned an impressive victory in South Wales.
Saturday's game is the 37th between the two clubs and the 31st in the league
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6th April, 2012 - Swansea 0 Newcastle 2 (Cisse 5,69)
Swansea (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Angel Rangel, Ashley Williams, Steven Caulker, Neil Taylor; Leon Britton, Joe Allen; Nathan Dyer (Scott Sinclair 66), Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Routledge; Luke Moore (Danny Graham 66)
Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye (Dan Golsing 73), Cheick Tiote (Ryan Taylor 46), Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba (Shane Ferguson 59)
FULL RECORD v SWANSEA
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(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - LDDWWD
Swansea - DDWLWD
Newcastle - Demba Ba (7)
Swansea - Michu (6)
Newcastle (v West Ham, Premier League): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Gabriel Obertan 79), Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez (Vurnon Anita 24), Shane Ferguson; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 46)
Not used: Rob Elliot, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Sylvain Marveaux
Swansea (v Southampton, Premier League): Gerhard Tremmel; Angel Rangel, Garry Monk, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies; Ki Sung-Yeung, Leon Britton (Itay Shechter 66), Jonathan de Guzman (Kemy Agustien 86); Pablo Hernandez, Miguel Michu, Wayne Routledge (Nathan Dyer 56)
Not used: David Cornell, Alan Tate, Dwight Tiendalli, Luke Moore
Newcastle - Cheick Tiote returns to the Magpies' engine room, having served a three-game ban. However, his regular central midfield partner Yohan Cabaye is out with a groin injury, joining Jonas Gutierrez (knee), James Perch (thigh), Ryan Taylor (knee), Haris Vuckic (knee) and Dan Gosling (ankle) on the treatment table. Captain Fabricio Coloccini sits out the second game of his suspension, and there are doubts over Papiss Cisse (back) and Sammy Ameobi (hamstring).
Swansea - Midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung is sidelined by a hamstring injury, but the Swans are hoping to be boosted by the return of striker Danny Graham and centre-back Chico Flores after respective back and thigh complaints. Long-term absentees Michel Vorm (groin), Neil Taylor (ankle) and Kyle Bartley (thigh) remain out.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "Swansea will come, play a different style of football (to West Ham last weekend) but equally will be looking to cause us problems. So we need to find a solution and that is what we will search for on Saturday. It's important that we give our fans some entertainment that will lift them."
Michael Laudrup, Swansea manager: "They are a strong team, and following their defeat to West Ham last weekend they will want to put on a good performance. Newcastle will want to put on a good display for the fans and we need to be prepared and make sure we are at our best to try and get something from the game."
Phil Dowd (Staffordshire) - 2012/13 record: 11 games, 45 yellow cards, 3 red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Ivor Allchurch, Joe Allon, Alan Davies, Shefki Kuqi, Wayne Routledge
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DID YOU KNOW?
On the eight occasions this season where their opponents have scored first, Swansea have failed to win a game.