Two sides desperately in need of a victory clash at the Liberty Stadium, as Alan Pardew looks to hold onto his job as Newcastle United manager.
Swansea City v Newcastle United
Swansea started the season in flying form and had a one hundred percent record after three games. However, from Diego Costa’s equalizer for Chelsea on the stroke of halftime onwards, it’s all (mainly) been downhill.
A 4-2 defeat in that match was followed up with a 1-0 home defeat to Southampton, which saw main man Wilfried Bony sent off. He returned from suspension last week as a second half substitute in the goalless draw at Sunderland, but it’s been a disappointing start to the season for him.
Luckily for the Swans, their midfield has chipped in with plenty of goals to win games. They’ll need that to continue until Bony, or new boy Bafetimbi Gomis, find their goalscoring touch.
By the time you read this, Alan Pardew could well have been shown the door at Newcastle. Mike Ashley’s reported comments from last week suggested that Pardew would be gone if they lost to Stoke.
They then proceeded to lose to Stoke. In doing so, they continued their wretched away form which has seen no away wins in the last six league games, and no away goals this season (or one away goal in last eight including last season).
It’s quite surprising that Pardew has stayed in the job this long, as Newcastle have been very poor since the turn of the year, the players seemingly saving themselves for the World Cup once they had no chance of European qualification or relegation.
Swansea: Fabianski, Richards, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Dyer, Routledge, Gomis
Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Tiote, Colback, Sissoko, Cabella, Gouffran, Cisse
Alan Pardew’s tenure as Newcastle Untied boss could finally come to an end with another away loss in which the Toon Army fail to score.
Swansea 2-0 Newcastle
Gavin Bergin, Pundit Arena.