Hatem Ben Arfa

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Newcastle United travel to South Wales on Saturday afternoon to take on Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League.

Kick-off at the Liberty Stadium is 3pm, with the Magpies hoping to repeat their result from the same fixture last season, when a couple of Papiss Cisse strikes secured an impressive 2-0 victory.

However, it was a different story on Tyneside earlier this term when the Swans picked up a 2-1 win at St. James' Park.

Michael Laudrup's side go into the match on the back of lifting the Capital One Cup last weekend at Wembley, while United also triumphed, over Southampton in domestic action.

 

STAT ATTACK
Saturday's game is only the 38th between the two clubs and the 31st in the league.


TICKET NEWS
Newcastle's allocation for this match has sold out. However, tickets remain for next weekend's home game against Stoke City. For more information, click here.


LAST MEETING
November 17th, 2012 - Newcastle United 1 (Ba 90) Swansea City 2 (Michu 58, De Guzman 87)

Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Gael Bigirimana 74), Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Shane Ferguson (Shola Ameobi 46); Sammy Ameobi (Sylvain Marveaux 80), Demba Ba

Swansea (4-2-3-1): Gerhard Tremmel; Angel Rangel, Garry Monk, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies; Jonathan De Guzman, Leon Britton; Nathan Dyer (Wayne Routledge 62), Michu (Danny Graham 82), Pablo Hernandez; Itay Shechter (Kemy Agustien 66)


FULL RECORD v SWANSEA
P37 W22 D5 L10 F71 A41


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)

Swansea - WLWLDD
Newcastle - WWDLWW


LAST LINE-UP
Swansea (v Bradford, Capital One Cup): Gerhard Tremmel; Angel Rangel, Ki Sung-Yueng (Garry Monk 63), Ashley Williams, Ben Davies (Dwight Tiendalli 84); Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman; Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer (Roland Lamah 78), Pablo Hernandez; Michu
Not used: Michel Vorm, Kemy Agustien, Luke Moore, Itay Shechter

Newcastle (v Southampton, Premier League): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 45), Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (James Perch 77); Yoan Gouffran (Vurnon Anita 88), Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse
Not used: Jak Alnwick, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi


TEAM NEWS
Swansea - The Capital One Cup winners are still without centre-back Chico Flores, who is ruled out with ankle ligament damage, and full-back Neil Taylor, who suffered a broken ankle playing against Sunderland last September.

Newcastle - Goalkeeper Tim Krul is ruled out for the succend game running with an ankle injury, while captain Fabricio Coloccini is a doubt having been forced off with a back complaint last Sunday against Southampton. Hatem Ben Arfa is in contention for a place in the Magpies' matchday squad after missing the last 12 weeks with a torn hamstring, but Steve Harper (knee), Ryan Taylor (knee) and Haris Vuckic (knee) are all on the treatment table.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Michael Laudrup, Swansea manager: "We still have 11 games to go and each one will have its own story. We have to play the top five and teams who are struggling at the bottom, but we can't stop being competitive. If we do that then we could lose every game. I still think we can reach 50 points and I think we can improve on last season's position."

Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: ""I think we'd need to beat them to catch them, if I'm honest, so it's a good game for them. Probably if they don't lose to us it'll be difficult to catch them. But that's the way we should think - try and win there and get them in our sights."


REFEREE
Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire): 2012/13 record - 26 games, 72 yellow cards, 3 red cards


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


FANCY A FLUTTER?
To find the best odds for Saturday's match, thanks to our Official Betting Partner Bet Butler, click here.


DID YOU KNOW?
Swansea have conceded more goals at home this season than on their travels. They have conceded an average of 1.46 goals a game at the Liberty Stadium.

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