Swansea vs Newcastle Preview and Prediction
Newcastle United began the new Premier League season with hard fought 2 all draw against Southampton last weekend, meaning Steve McClaren is still waiting for his first taste of victory as Head Coach of the Magpies.
Goals from Papiss Cisse and Georginio Wijnaldum, who scored on his Premier League debut at St. James’ Park, gave the Toon Army plenty to cheer about – even if the same old defensive mistakes came back to haunt Newcastle as they conceded twice from headers. A point was probably more than most could have hoped for against a Southampton side who have strengthened in the transfer window and are a strong attacking force, as well as being a tight defensive unit at the back on most outings.
Newcastle’s campaign continues tomorrow with their first away trip of the season to face Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. The Swansea had an excellent start to their season, holding Champions Chelsea to a 2-2 draw also. Both Swansea and Newcastle have started well, but I think Swansea will feel more optimistic going into the game coming off the back of a good performance at Stamford Bridge. The last 6 meetings between the two teams doesn’t make for pleasant viewing on the Toon’s side. 5 losses and 1 draw, conceding 13 and scoring just 6. In recent times, Premier League games between the two teams have averaged more than 1.6 goals per game, with 21 in 8 meetings, so it appears unlikely there will be a goalless draw. Swansea finished a strong 8th in the league last season, a full 17 points ahead of opponents Newcastle in 15th and they will be more than optimistic at home tomorrow considering Newcastle’s away record this year. No wins in 8 in a run which sees just 1 away win this year against Hull and only 3 wins from 21 games since January – a win percentage of 14%. Newcastle boss Steve McClaren will be hoping to halt this near disastrous run, which saw the Magpies just escape relegation last season.
Swansea on the other hand won over half of their home games last season. 9 wins, 5 draws and 5 defeats from 19 doesn’t quite make the Liberty a fortress, but it does make it a pretty uncomfortable place for an away side to leave with a positive result. Newcastle will have to be at their best tomorrow.
Starting XI: Unchanged.
Prediction: Swansea City 1 – 2 Newcastle United