By Tom Easterby
Swansea City are the visitors to St. James' Park on Saturday for Newcastle United's penultimate home fixture of the season (3pm kick-off).
Garry Monk's side are currently languishing in 15th place in the Barclays Premier League table, just three points above the relegation trapdoor. This weekend, they will come up against a United side who are winless and goalless in their last four outings.
Newcastle, who were on the end of a 3-0 reversal at the Liberty Stadium in December, will be buoyed by the likely return of top scorer Loic Remy, whose calf injury has kept him out of action since the start of March.
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There have been comparatively few meetings between the two sides in the past, due in part to Swansea's meteoric rise through the Football League in recent years. Of the 39 fixtures between the sides, there have only been five draws, with the Magpies emerging victorious on 22 occasions. The first game between the two sides at St. James' Park ended in a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup, all the way back in 1915.
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4th December, 2013 - Swansea City 3 (Dyer 45, Debuchy og 67, Shelvey 81) Newcastle United 0
Swansea (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Dwight Tiendalli, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams, Ben Davis; Jose Canas, Jonathan de Guzman; Alejandro Pozuelo (Wayne Routledge 84), Jonjo Shelvey, Pablo Hernandez (Roland Lamah 71); Alvaro Vasquez (Nathan Dyer 29)
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 77), Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon (Massadio Haidara 56); Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi (Gabriel Obertan 68), Loic Remy
FULL RECORD v SWANSEA
P39 W22 D5 L12 F71 A45
(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - LLLLWL
Swansea - LLWDLL
Newcastle (v Stoke, Premier League): Tim Krul; Steven Taylor (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 61), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran, Dan Gosling (Hatem Ben Arfa 73), Paul Dummett; Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse (Adam Armstrong 73)
Not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Gael Bigirimana, Luuk de Jong
Swansea (v Chelsea, Premier League): Michel Vorm; Angel Rangel, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams, Ben Davis; Leon Britton (Jonathan de Guzman 86), Jonjo Shelvey; Nathan Dyer (David Ngog 73), Pablo Hernandez (Jordi Amat 19), Wayne Routledge; Wilfried Bony
Subs not used: Gerhard Tremmel, Neil Taylor, Marvin Emnes, Jay Fulton
Newcastle - Loic Remy (13)
Swansea - Wilfried Bony (21)
Newcastle - Top scorer Loic Remy and full-back Mathieu Debuchy are both back in contention following respective calf and groin injuries. Winger Gabriel Obertan also returned to full training this week following a lengthy knee complaint and could feature. Midfielder Moussa Sissoko has started running after hamstring trouble but this game will come too soon for him, while Hatem Ben Arfa (thigh) is a doubt. Davide Santon (hamstring), Sammy Ameobi (ankle) and Ryan Taylor (knee) are all definitely out.
Swansea - Centre-back Chico Flores will serve a one-game suspension following his sending-off against Chelsea last weekend. Spanish attacker Michu is a slight doubt with an ankle injury, while defender Kyle Bartley remains ruled out by a hamstring problem.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "They've had their own share of injuries that has really hurt them, but they're still a great football side. I think they've had more possession than any club in the Premier League, and therefore we have to be patient because there are times when Swansea, especially away from home, can keep the ball and frustrate you. We need to keep patient and wait for our chances and then hopefully take them."
Garry Monk, Swansea head coach: "We've been looking over our shoulder for a while now. It's a serious situation. We know that and we need to get points on the board as soon as possible. We've been far too inconsistent. When we hit heights we can be unplayable, but when we perform badly we are very bad. Morale's great and the players are looking forward to these four games to try and do what we've got to do."
Chris Foy (Lancashire): 2013/14 record - 29 games, 74 yellow cards, six red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Ivor Allchurch, Joe Allon, Alan Davies, Shefki Kuqi, Wayne Routledge
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DID YOU KNOW?
Swansea have conceded first in 20 Premier League fixtures this season, and gone on to lose 16 of those. They have not won when the opposition have broken the deadlock.