PREVIEW: Swans v Newcastle

4th December 2013

The Swans will be looking for only their second home win of the season when they take on Newcastle at the Liberty (7.45pm).
Their last victory at home came against Sunderland on October 19 when Michael Laudrup's side recorded a 4-0 win.
Ironically, the only previous success came against Newcastle back in March as Luke Moore scored a late winner against the Magpies.
And the Swans will be in for another tough test tonight as they welcome an in-form side to SA1.
Newcastle have won their last four league games - a run that included wins over Spurs and Chelsea - to rise to sixth in the Premier League table.
This run has coincided with a fine run of form for summer signing Loic Remy, with the French striker scoring eight goals in his last nine league games after moving from Queens Park Rangers.

TEAM NEWS
The Swans are without striker Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Angel Rangel (calf), while the game may come too soon for the return of Michu.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their trip to south Wales.

WHAT THEY SAID
Swans boss Michael Laudrup: "We play a team who are on a very good run. They had a great year two seasons ago, arriving fifth. Last year, maybe with the Europa League, they struggled a bit, but this year they are back.
"They are a good, strong team with a lot of individual skills. It will be a good and tough test for us.
"But now we have two home games, and we really hope we can get points here."

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: "We're playing well at the minute. We've had four really tough games and managed to edge them all.
"But going to Swansea on a Wednesday night will be difficult. They beat us last year so I'm very determined to try and get a result there.
"It would be great if we could keep the run going - that's what we want to do. I want to keep the momentum."

SWANSEA STATS
  • Michael Laudrup's side have won just one of their last 11 league matches at the Liberty Stadium (W1 D5 L5)
  • Only Fulham and Crystal Palace (both four) have picked up fewer home points than Swansea (6) this season
  • The Swans have not led at home at half-time since the Europa League qualifier against FC Petrolul back in August - a run of nine games
NEWCASTLE STATS
  • The visitors have won just five of their last 26 (W5 D7 L14) away from home in the Premier League
  • Loic Remy has scored eight goals in his last nine Premier League appearances
  • 18 of Newcastle's 19 Premier League goals this season have been scored by Frenchmen
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