PREVIEW: Newcastle v Swans

19th April 2014

The Swans will be looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats when they face Newcastle on Saturday (3pm).

Garry Monk's side head to St James' Park after back-to-back defeats against Hull and Chelsea by just a single goal.

Swansea are currently just three points clear of the relegation zone with four games to play, but their recent record against Newcastle points to plenty of positives.

The Swans have lost just once against the Magpies since arriving in the Premier League three years ago, and did the double over Alan Pardew's men last season.

Newcastle have lost their last four league games without scoring, but have remained in the top half of the table since November.

However, Pardew's men have also scored just twice on home soil in eight games and will be desperate to finish the campaign on a high.



Newcastle hope to have top scorer Loic Remy and defender Mathieu Debuchy back after injury, but midfielder Moussa Sissoko and Hatem Ben Arfa are both doubtful.

The Swans, meanwhile, are without Chico Flores as the defender starts his two-game suspension following a red card against Chelsea last Sunday.



Newcastle boss Alan Pardew:"(There's been) three or four games that we've had where we've not really been at our best by any stretch of the imagination and we could be better, and we need to put that right on Saturday.

"We owe our fans - they pay good money and we have a stadium that really and truly should dictate proceedings for us, and we have to put that in gear."


Swans head coach Garry Monk:"It's crunch time now and I want us to get wins and finish with as many as possible. Newcastle is a chance to get three points and that's what we'll be aiming for. 

"We've done well there in recent years. I played there the last time we won, and we need another performance on Saturday.

"It's going to be a difficult game for us, and I expect a reaction from them. Their fans will be demanding a performance so we're expecting a tough game."



  • Newcastle have lost six of their last eight home league games, failing to score in all six defeats (W2)
  • Swansea have won their last three league meetings with Newcastle, scoring six goals and conceding just once
  • Newcastle are the only team yet to reach double figures for goals in 2014
  • Meanwhile, the Swans have gone 14 Premier League away games without keeping a clean sheet