Newcastle manager Chris Hughton makes three changes to the side which was beaten at Derby County 3-0 during the week, for the tough game at Swansea City today.
Mike Williamson, Jonas Gutierrez and Leon Best are not in the starting lin-up, and Fabricio Coloccini, Alan Smith and Peter Lovenkrands come into the side.
It would appear that Newcastle, rather surprisingly, may keep their 4-4-2 formation, with Lovenkrands up front, but of course Peter could play on the left wing ina 4-5-1 formation, with only Andy Carroll up front.
Coloccini is back from his hamstring injury, and surprisingly partners Fitz Hall at the centre of the defense – we had expected Mike Williamson to have started with Fabricio today.
Danny Simpson and Patrick van Aanholt continue to occupy the full-back positions, so Danny is fit following his slight hamstring strain on Tuesday night – that’s good.
Alan Smith is back in the starting line-up, and Wayne Routledge, Danny Guthrie and Kevin Nolan complete the Newcastle midfield.
And we’re pleased that Peter Lovenkrands comes in to start with Andy Carroll up front – hit the back of the net Peter!.
Both Jonas Gutierrez and Shola Ameobi miss out because of minor injuries.
Swansea City: Dorus de Vries, Ashley Williams, Alan Tate, Garry Monk (c), Darren Pratley, Andrea Orlandi, Nathan Dyer, Federico Bessone, David Cotterill, Shefki Kuqi, Joe Allen
Subs: David Cornell, Gorka Pintado, Mark Gower, Tom Butler, Angel Rangel, Lee Trundle, Ashley Richards
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Fitz Hall, Fabricio Coloccini, Patrick van Aanholt, Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith (c), Kevin Nolan, Wayne Routledge, Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands
Subs: Mike Williamson, Ryan Taylor, Leon Best, Fabrice Pancrate, Tamas Kadar, Tim Krul, Nile Ranger
Referee: Andy Woolmer