Swansea City vs Newcastle United – Match Preview

Newcastle’s 30th game in the league this season, will take place early tomorrow afternoon in South Wales.

And of course this follows the shock defeat at Derby County on Tuesday night, and is against one of the better Championship sides, led by one of the up-and -coming managers in Paulo Sousa.

Swansea have done very well indeed this season, and are currently 5th top on 48 points, and level with their South Wales neighbors Cardiff, whom Newcastle walloped 5-1 last Friday.

That game seems so much more than a week ago for some reason  …….

Fabricio Coloccini will almost certainly return to Newcastle’s defense and he should make a good partnership with new boy Mike Williamson, signed in January from Portsmouth.

On Tuesday night Newcastle conceded 3 goals in the league for the first time this season, and Chris Hughton’s first job is to shut the back door and certainly Coloccini will help with that task.

Fabricio has been one of Newcastle’s best players this season, and it’s good to have him back in the side.

We believe that Hughton will go to his usual 4-5-1 away formation tomorrow, after the calamitous Derby game where he ventured with a  4-4-2 formation – and was stung.

This is the side we think Chris will select for tomorrow afternoon:

Simpson Coloccini Williamson van Aanholt
Routledge Smith (c) Guthrie Nolan Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Kadar Taylor (R) Pancrate Hall Lovenkrands Best

With a stronger squad now available,  there will be a few fit Newcastle players who will not even make the subs bench tomorrow.

Manager Hughton will hope to win the game by bringing on Lovenkrands and maybe Best in the second half, assuming the Newcastle defense can hold Swansea, who have scored only 26 goals so far this season.

Nicky Butt, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton are still not available for Newcastle due to injury.

The sooner we can get Taylor and Enrique fit the better.

Swansea will have defender Angel Rangel returning to the squad following injury.

The full-back has been out with an ankle injury, and is now fully fit and available to return to manager Paulo Sousa’s squad.

It’s hard to know which Newcastle team will turn up tomorrow, since the last several games have been rather up and down, to say the least.

However, the main thing is to get some defensive stability back into the side, and we’d even be quite happy with a draw on the day.

But a win is what we’d really like to see, and because it’s not expected, don’t be surprised if that’s exactly what the Newcastle team produces  tomorrow afternoon.

That would be terrific, and some recompense to the fabulous fans who follow the side around the country.

Maybe the Newcastle players should dedicate this game to them, and then we’d almost certainly get the full 3 points.

But you never know with Newcastle.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • batty

    Feb 12, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #1

    we need taylor enrique and barton back asap

  • Toon_Fresh

    Feb 12, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #2

    agreed batty, and i almost want to say ameobi too. i want to see if he can keep the form he was in back in the beginning of the season. he and loven up top could be a good duo

  • baro

    Feb 12, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Hey Ed,

    You posted the same team as the Northern Echo. LOL…

    Gutierrez Smith Nolan Guthrie Routledge
    van Aanholt Williamson Coloccini R Taylor


    Newcastle subs (from): Krul (gk), Hall, Kadar,
    Pancrate, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Ranger, Best.

  • baro

    Feb 12, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Besides Danny Simpson and Ryan Taylor swap…

  • baro

    Feb 12, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Lets all see how good nathan dyer is against us.

  • budmon

    Feb 12, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #6

    i’d like to see lovenkrands get the start. he played well against cardiff when he came on and he must be fitter than carrol at this point. carrol can’t start every game. 5 man midfield will definitely allow us to limit there oppurtunities

  • jimiley

    Feb 12, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #7

    We have the players to beat Swansea by 4 goals. CH will select the geriatric away eleven and we will lose one nil or two one. Pressure will mount on CH as the early season wins evaporate.
    Baro, only Carroll and Nolan can score a goal in that team. How rubbish is that? Smith could not recognize a goal post if it smacked him in the mouth. 80 odd games and counting.

  • Oba

    Feb 13, 2010 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Whilst I like Lovenkrands, I think he a) suits a 4-4-2, which should only be used at home and b) he’s a lot better as an impact sub off the bench.

    The formation that Ed suggests is the best one available to us. Please don’t play two up front at Swansea, they’ll dominate us.

  • baro

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #9

    I know Lovenkrands is good.
    But, i like him because he is good and super fast in fifa 10. LoL! Is that same for you guys?

  • baro

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #10


    so u want the 4-5-1 or 4-4-1-1?

  • baro

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #11


    D.Simpson—-Williamson—-Colo–Van aanholt

    Routledge—–Smith—Guthrie–Jonas Gutierrez



    Ranger and Lovendrands on at 60-80 mark.

  • baro

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Oba like that??

  • baro

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #13


    Hey if you go down and it is possibly our jersey for next year. Ugliest ever seen.

  • Sav

    Feb 13, 2010 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #14

    By the way, can we please have a campaign to ban that regular whinge that ‘Other teams up their game just because its us!’ (the dorty bassas!), and the equally nauseating ‘ We are like their Cup Final/Champions League’. that regularly accompanies some no-mark side and doing their job, while we probably didn’t do ours.

    I’m sick to the back teeth of hearing this old chestnut from Hughton, Nolan or Lee whatsisname for the local paper. Where is the evidence for this limp myth? What happened to the other football garbage about ‘we showed them too much respect’?
    You can’t have it both ways.
    Grab yersels a new pair, lads and show some respect for the opposition, your fans and yourselves.
    Okay. we’re a big club in the fizzy pop so lets just suck it up and get on with it.

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 13, 2010 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #15


    Whilst it will be five across the middle I expect this is how they will end up playing. Good luck lads. Now if only we could see it instead of just listening to it.

  • geordielad880

    Feb 13, 2010 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #16

    I would for the following line-up

    R taylor….williamson…collo……kadar



  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 13, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #17

    Swansea (Sousa,) WBA (Di Matteo) and Forest (Davis) all play football while our only tactic is to bypass the midfield and hoof it to Carroll.
    SBR would turn in his grave.

    When we occasionally do play it on the deck and to feet, the likes of Lovenkrands look good.
    It’s not really Carroll’s fault, but he has given us ” Crouch ” syndrome and it aint pretty.

    If you’re playing 4-5-1 you need the one to be very fast.

  • G

    Feb 13, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #18

    @baro, regarding the strip, apparently there are still several proposals for the new top, as well as various ‘photoshoped’ fan efforts to be seen online. I hope that isn’t our new shirt, cos its a proper fugly!

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 13, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #19

    Really stoked to see this on fox sports over here. that means we should actually get a link tonight!


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