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!!