By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United travel to South Wales on Wednesday evening to take on Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League (7.45pm kick-off).
The Magpies are the top flight's in-form team, recording four successive victories in a 100 per cent month of November, while in contrast, City have only won once in their last eight matches in all competitions.
When the sides met last season the Swans had the upper hand - recording a 2-1 triumph on Tyneside, and picking up maximum points in a single-goal win at the Liberty Stadium.
Wednesday's game is only the 39th between the two clubs and the 32nd in the league.
Newcastle will have around 1,000 supporters at the match. Tickets for the away section are no longer on sale.
2nd March, 2013 - Swansea 1 (Moore 86) Newcastle 0
Swansea (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Angel Rangel, Gary Monk, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies; Leon Britton (Luke Moore 76), Jonathan de Guzman; Pablo Hernandez (Dwight Tiendalli 88), Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer (Ki Sung-Yueng 61); Michu
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote (Shola Ameobi 90), Yohan Cabaye; Jonas Gutierrez (Sylvain Marveaux 90), Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse
FULL RECORD v SWANSEA
P38 W22 D5 L11 F71 A42
(Last six games - all competitions)
Swansea - LLWDDL
Newcastle - WWWWLL
Swansea (v Manchester City, Premier League): Gerhard Tremmel; Dwight Tiendalli, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies; Jose Canas, Jonathan de Guzman; Pablo Hernandez (Wayne Routledge 62), Jonjo Shelvey, Alejandro Pozuelo (Nathan Dyer 67); Alvaro Vazquez
Not used: Michel Vorm, Jordi Amat, Neil Taylor, Roland Lamah, Rory Donnelly
Newcastle (v West Bromwich Albion, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko (Papiss Cisse 90), Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy (Vurnon Anita 83)
Not used: Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa
Swansea - Wilfried Bony (4)
Newcastle - Loic Remy (8)
Swansea - Striker Wilfried Bony, full-back Angel Rangel and centre-back Garry Monk are ruled out with respective hamstring, calf and knee injuries, but there is a slim chance the Swans could be boosted by the return of talismanic front man Michu, who is back in light training following ankle and knee issues. There will be late fitness tests for goalkeeper Michel Vorm (knee) and Leon Britton (toe)
Newcastle - United have an almost completely full bill of health, with only long-term knee injury victim Ryan Taylor sidelined.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Michael Laudrup, Swansea manager: "(Newcastle) had a great year two seasons ago, arriving fifth. Last year, maybe with the Europa League, they struggled a bit, but this year they are back. They are a good, strong team with a lot of individual skills. It will be a good and tough test for us. I'm not surprised by their results. If I look at their squad, I think they have a very good team. But now we have two home games, and we really hope we can get points here."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "We're playing well at the minute. We've had four really tough games and managed to edge them all. But going to Swansea on a Wednesday night will be difficult. They beat us last year so I'm very determined to try and get a result there. It would be great if we could keep the run going - that's what we want to do. I want to keep the momentum.
Howard Webb (Yorkshire): 2013/14 record - 15 games, 47 yellow cards, 1 red card
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Ivor Allchurch, Joe Allon, Alan Davies, Shefki Kuqi, Wayne Routledge
DID YOU KNOW?
When the opposition have scored first this season, Swansea have failed to win any of their matches. It has happened seven times, with the Swans losing six and drawing once.