TALKING TACTICS: Newcastle United v Swans
25th April 2015
Continuing our partnership with football statistics website WhoScored.com, here is a preview of this weekend's trip to Newcastle United.
Swansea again have the chance to set a record Premier League points tally this weekend as they come up against the top flight's most out-of-form side in Newcastle United. The Magpies have lost their last six matches in a row; only Leicester (seven) have gone on a poorer run of consecutive losses in the top tier all season.
Newcastle look to turn their fortunes around against a Swansea side that is unbeaten in their last five outings against the North East club. In fact, Swansea have lost only one of the seven Premier League games they have played against Newcastle, and remain unbeaten in their Premier League trips to St James' Park.
Swansea's record there reads two 2-1 victories and a 0-0 draw from three clashes, and Garry Monk will take his team to the North East with the view to extend their unbeaten run at one of England's most iconic football stadiums.
Stalwart Angel Rangel will be in action at right-back once again, and he could be key in shutting out Newcastle. WhoScored.com use their vast database of Premier League statistics to calculate 'strengths' and 'weaknesses' of every player and team, and for Rangel these hint at the vast range of his skills.
WhoScored strengths of passing, holding on to the ball, interceptions and concentration highlight just how complete a player he is, while he also does not have a single weakness, according to the stats. Newcastle could well find it difficult to find a way through on Swansea's right flank.
Over the whole time in which Swansea have been in the Premier League, they boast a better win ratio when Rangel starts (33.6%) than when the Spaniard is missing (27.0%), so his presence could be of great benefit this weekend.
Remy Cabella could line up on the left flank for the Magpies, and could be in for a tough time up against Rangel, but with as many as six WhoScored strengths of his own - but also one weakness - he will pose a threat. According to WhoScored.com's statistically-based rating system, only Sammy Ameobi (7.11) has performed better this season than Cabella (6.98), who has impressed in his debut season in England, but has only one goal to his name.
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