MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle v Swans
16th April 2016
Swansea City are aiming for a fourth straight away win over Newcastle when the two sides meet at St James' Park on Saturday (3pm).
The Swans have never lost on Tyneside in the Premier League and reached the 40-point mark last weekend following an impressive 1-0 home win over Chelsea.
That result saw Francesco Guidolin's men move up to 13th place in the table - their highest position since October - ahead of Saturday's trip to the North East.
However, they now face a side battling to avoid relegation from the top-flight with Rafa Benitez's side having won just once in their last 10 league games.
WHAT THEY SAID
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez: "What I can see is a group of players training really well, trying to do what we want to do and I don't see any fear.
"I know that they are really upset and disappointed because of the last result against Southampton, so hopefully they will show the fans tomorrow what the fans are expecting from them."
Swans Head Coach Francesco Guidolin: "I think 40 points could be enough for us, but we want to beat 42 points - that's our next target.
"However, I think Saturday's game will be more difficult than Chelsea. For Newcastle it is a difficult moment but they have good players and a good manager, but I am confident in my team."
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Swansea 2-0 Newcastle (August 2015)
Newcastle 2-3 Swansea (April 2015)
Swansea 2-2 Newcastle (October 2014)
Newcastle 1-2 Swansea (April 2014)
Swansea 3-0 Newcastle (December 2013)
- Newcastle United have won just one of their nine Premier League games against Swansea (W1 D2 L6)
- Papiss Cisse has scored four goals in five Premier League appearances against Swansea
- Newcastle's 25 point tally after 32 games is their worst at this stage of a Premier League season; surpassing their previous lowest in 2008-09 (30 points) when they were relegated
- Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored in nine of his last 14 Premier League appearances for Swansea (nine goals) and his tally of nine Premier League goals in 2016 is only bettered by Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane (11 goals each)
- On Christmas Day, Newcastle United (17 points) were two points ahead of Swansea City (15) after 17 games - since then, the Magpies have picked up just eight points in 15 games, while Swansea have won 25 points in 16 games
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