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Swansea vs Newcastle United: An Early Season Crunch Clash

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23: Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United runs for the ball with Daniel Parslow of Cheltenham Town during the EFL Cup second round match between Newcastle United and Cheltenham Town at St. James' Park on August 23, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

It is set to be a very interesting contest when Swansea City host Newcastle United at The Liberty Stadium on Sunday the 10th of September. Both sides will head into the game on the back of a league victory in their last outing, with clean sheets to boot. Does that tell the full story for both these sides or could there be more to contend with when the sides meet after the international break?

Swansea have only lost one game so far in all competitions and that was to a rampant Manchester United who ran out 4-0 winners on the day. They drew with Southampton away 0-0 on the opening day and have also beaten MK Dons 4-1 in the Carabao Cup and then followed that up with a 2-0 away win at Crystal Palace.

Swansea did this all without the services of arguably their best two players, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente. They did, however, lose both key men in the transfer window but don’t let that fool you. Paul Clement has signed players whilst also banking close to £25m in profit.

Sam Clucas arrived from Hull, Wilfried Bony returned from Manchester City, Roque Mesa joined from
Las Palmas and Tammy Abraham was loaned in from Chelsea. Clement, using his close links to Chelsea to snare Abraham, was at it again after his former boss Carlo Ancelotti and Bayern Munich sanctioned a loan switch for Renato Sanches to join The Swans, a huge coup for the club.

Newcastle’s recruitment, on the other hand, has been poor and Rafa Benitez has expressed his disappointment numerous times through the media. They lost their first two league games, 2-0 to Spurs and then 1-0 to fellow newcomers Huddersfield.

The Toon also crashed out of the Carabao Cup, losing to second tier Nottingham Forest 3-2 in extra time. The gloom was temporarily lifted after a 3-0 home win against an extremely poor West Ham. Rafa Benitez is a good manager and a lot better than the current predicament he finds himself
in, and I am betting the Spaniard never thought he would be in this position at the start of the
season.

That, along with the internal politics, is causing problems and even though he may be a supreme tactician, Benitez cannot work miracles. There may only be one place separating the sides at this very early stage in the Premier League season but you can really only see this going one way. This view has been shared by established sports betting operators like Unibet; who have Swansea as 13/10 favourites to win the game, while Newcastle is 9/4. So the money seems to be pointing to a home win.

Swansea may have lost key men but will be on a high after their last game and the great recruitment especially that of the returning Wilfried Bony and the remarkable loan signing of Renato Sanches, will only serve to boost the team and morale even further.

Bony will add goals but loan signing Tammy Abraham has looked the part too and Newcastle’s back line could be in for a tough afternoon and their midfield will have to be up for a real battle.

It will take a lot of heart and dedication if Newcastle are to beat Swansea, and that’s a sign of the
times. It just goes to show that if there isn’t harmony behind the scenes and if you don’t get the
recruitment right, you could be facing a relegation battle very early on.

Prediction: Swansea 2-1 Newcastle

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