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Swansea v Newcastle: Santon Comes In

Written by Newcastle Utd

Davide Santon returns to the Newcastle United defence for this afternoon's Premier League fixture away at Swansea City

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Davide Santon returns to the Newcastle United defence for this afternoon's Premier League fixture away at Swansea City (4.30pm kick-off).

The inclusion of the former Inter Milan full-back is the Magpies' only change from last Sunday's 2-0 win over Liverpool.

Santon replaces midfielder Danny Guthrie, who misses out with a calf injury, and will slot in at left-back, with captain Jonas Gutierrez stepping up to take on one of three central midfield berths.

James Perch and Mike Williamson once again form the central defensive partnership, while United's attacking threat comes through Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba, who have been outstanding in recent weeks.

On the substitutes' bench there is a place for 20-year-old defender James Tavernier, recalled from a loan spell at MK Dons this week, and he is joined by fellow starlets Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid and Dan Gosling.

Swansea recall on-loan defender Steven Caulker, who had to sit out last weekend's defeat against parent club Tottenham, while there are also starts for winger Nathan Dyer and striker Luke Moore. Ex-Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge also lines up against his former employers.


Swansea City (4-3-3): Michel Vorm; Angel Rangel, Ashley Williams (c), Steven Caulker, Neil Taylor, Leon Britton, Joe Allen, Gylfi Sigurdsson; Nathan Dyer, Luke Moore, Wayne Routledge

Substitutes: Gerhard Tremmel, Alan Tate, Garry Monk, Josh McEachran, Mark Gower, Scott Sinclair, Danny Graham


Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez (c); Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba

Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi


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