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Swansea vs Newcastle – Match Preview

11:24 am, Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 56 Comments


Today’s game at the Liberty Stadium will be a very good test for this new Newcastle United side, and while it will be tough for the lads to get anything out of the game – we know that Alan Pardew will have a plan that concentrates on how to win the game this afternoon.

Of course the Liberty Stadium is completely sold out after Swansea’s heroics in winning the Capital One Cup last Sunday when they hammered Bradford 5-0 at Wembley – their very first major trophy in their history, and it could be like a carnival atmosphere today.

And we’re sure Newcastle’s aim is to upset the apple-cart and spoil the party, and hopefully come away with all three points, as we did last year with two superb opportunist goals from Papiss Cisse, who seems to be coming back into some form at the moment – after his wonder goal against Southampton last Sunday.

The Swansea club and the City have been celebrating all week and they hope to finish it all off with a win against Newcastle, and it will be important that we start this game very fast and on the front foot, unlike the way we started the game against the Saints, when we were a goal down after just three minutes.

This is what the Newcastle manager has said about today’s game:

“Fair play to them – we haven’t had a trophy here for a long, long time and we’re desperate for one.” “Swansea went and won that trophy and deserved every bit of it. Well played to the manager and the players.”

“They’re having a fabulous season and to win the cup was a real icing on the cake. But they’ve still got a big part of the season left and I’m sure Michael will be reminding them as much.”

“It’s a big game for us because we are more than competitive from where we were (a few weeks ago) – a much stronger team.” “I think we’d need to beat them to catch them, if I’m honest, so it’s a good game for them.”

“Probably if they don’t lose to us it’ll be difficult to catch them.” “But that’s the way we should think – try and win there and get them in our sights. But it’s easier said than done.” “We had a massive win there last year and Papiss Cisse scored that wonder goal. Obviously he got one just last week so that bodes well.”

“We’re well prepared for this game, we know what’s coming, and hopefully we can get the win.” “I think it’s been well documented this week, the agenda that they’ve set from the board level down. The manager has been brought in to play a certain way and they’ve got the benefits of that.”

“It’s something that we’re trying to establish here – a style of play where we’re not quite as total as Swansea but certainly we play some great football here. Hopefully we can continue that over the next few years.”

It seems that Fabricio Coloccini is unlikely to play today because of the back injury he self-inflicted on himself, with that (athletic) overhead clearance in the first half last Sunday.

And with two games a week coming up over the next two weeks because of the Europa League games against Russian side FC Anzhi Makhachkala, we don’t think Alan Pardew will play Colo today, and that means 23 year-old Yanga-Mbiwa will get another start for the side.

But no other surprises are expected in the starting eleven, and we think Alan Pardew to name this side today with Yohan Cabaye as captain for the first time:

Debuchy Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa Santon
Gouffran Tiote Cabaye (c) Sissoko Gutierrez
Subs Anlwick Williamson Anita Perch Obertan Marveaux Ameobi (Sh)

Let’s know what side you would start today.

That’s a good starting eleven and a strong bench too, although it seems like veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper is still missing because of his knee injury.

Newcastle fans seem quite optimistic about today’s game with 56% thinking we’ll win and 33% think we’ll come away with a point.

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56 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dembademba // Mar 2, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    repost – 1st??

    Ashley knows what he’s doing, end of. he’s committed to putting profits back into the club – unlike arsenal. yet the fact we are in such a strong financial position is due to his shrewd way of running the club – he f-ed up at the start but he learnt his lesson and we should be grateful for the way he is running things now. he is definitely a responsible owner.
    just another point about going after transfers this summer, i think only the very top level of players – who are clearly out of our reach – would not consider us, whereas very very good players would seriously consider us – partly due to the finances of the club, and partly because debuchy, sissoko, yanga, gouffran all joined us plus we have cabaye n ben arfa – top players!
    im naturally pessimistic when it comes to transfer targets ‘who really wants to come n play for us’ but actually i think a lot of good players would want to come to us. we’re in a strong position, thats mainly down to ashley.
    but also if graham carr had never of put the work in on big bad benny boy we would definitely not have cabaye and everyone else that followed…
    2 or 1 nil to us today, cisse to score first, get ya money down !

  • 2 Graeme // Mar 2, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Tooon to win 2-0 with goals from Cisse, or Sissoko, or Gouffran, or Cabaye, or Santon, or Taylor, or Santon.

    Dont really care who scores as long as we win it lol

  • 3 francesco-hba // Mar 2, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    ben arfa isnt on the bench?? definitely??

  • 4 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 2, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Swansea 2-0 newcastle
    Sunderland 1-0 west brom

    I have a bad feeling today

  • 5 Novocastrian66 // Mar 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    This was our line up against Swansea at home; Krul, Simpson, Santon, Williamson, Steven Taylor, Anita, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Ba, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson.
    Our team today will be a big improvement on that team.

  • 6 Super Magpie // Mar 2, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    The mackems play Fulham today, they got beat by West Brom last week.

    I’d take a draw today to keep our momentum going. I can’t see us keeping a clean sheet but I can’t see us not scoring so I’ll go 2-2

  • 7 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 2, 2013 at 11:57 AM


    So here are the changes

    Krul – elliot
    Simpson – debuchy
    Willo – m’biwa
    Anita – sissoko
    Fergie – cabaye
    Hatem – Jonas
    Sameobi – gouffran
    Ba – cisse

    Apart from not having krul and Ben arfa in the side it’s an outrageously improved team like

  • 8 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 2, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    That’s who I ment haa, I’m still half asleep

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Ed, I think Pards need to stop picking the same side and formation over and over again.

    …He needs to keep it new at times, keep the players at their feet and keep the oponent guessing.

    Just because we won the last game picking this side doesn’t mean we will this time. Every game is different.

    I hate the expression ‘if it ain’t broken why fix it’. Why break it in the first place?

  • 10 Novocastrian66 // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Leazeas End. It’s only when you have put down on paper that I’ve realised exactly how much stronger we will be today. The front 3 and midfield is much stronger. My memory of the Swansea game was they knocked the ball around but did not create much.
    We surprisingly out passed them and had more chances but they pinched a win.
    I’m optimistic today, for a change.

  • 11 kevymartins // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    @jesper true Also pardrew likes to match the opponents formation and we wouldn’t necessarily need to change if from the start we can change it any time during the game from a 4-2-1-3 or 4-2-3-1 we can go into a 4-3-3 4-4-2 4-4-1-1 and alot more its just a matter off sissoko droping back into cm jonas gouffran onto wings or whatever

  • 12 Toonbyblood // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    I’ll take wins over Swansea, Stoke, and Wigan thanks. And 9th place come end of March.

    Get your knives out.

  • 13 yo-yo // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:18 PM


    If you pick a team and it wins why would you want to change it unless you have injuries, out of form players or star players returning from injury ?

    If you’re setting up different tactically then you might change the odd player but the best sides are adaptable on the pitch anyway and can change formation during the game.

    Pards will use his subs to change tactically or press an advantage if he can.

    Dunno where yer coming from there

  • 14 kevymartins // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    This or a 4-2-2-2 ?

    Buchy saylor mibwa santon

    Tiote cabaye
    Ben arfa sissoko gouffran

  • 15 Novocastrian66 // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Jesper. You’re contradicting yourself there mate.

  • 16 toontillidie // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    i think this will be the lineup today

    ————Cabaye ——————-Anita–
    Goofy—————Sissoko ———–Jonas


    Alnwick – Santon – williamson – Perch – Obertan – Marvs – Ameobi (sh)

    personally Though i would play Marvs over Jonas but we all know how much pards loves jonas

  • 17 tequilamag // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    It`s only in the last 3 or 4 games we have had the same side out and this is the best run we have had this season. Previous to that we never had the same 11 out from one week to the next.

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    yo yo…so you will first make changes when you loose?

    You cannot conclude that it is the side you picked that won you the game. The same side could just as easily loose you the game.

    This is football at the highest level and you need to be able to change it at times. The side Pards chose against Reading might have been the right one for that game (maybe not) but it doesn’t mean it is the right one for this game.

    It is all right you don’t know where I am coming from (wasn’t really looking for approval just sharing my thoughts)

  • 19 Novocastrian66 // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Toontillidie. No Tiote. Not even on the bench. Santon not to start. Can’t see that myself. Tiote and Santon to start.

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Novo…how so?

  • 21 Munster Mag // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Ashley knows what he’s doing, end of. he’s committed to putting profits back into the club – unlike arsenal

    …..Sorry but what does that mean? Arsenal are extremely well run, with huge stockpiles of cash, which Wenger has refused to utilise because of his stupid obsession with buying youth.

  • 22 Mister Tuff // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Just been watching “On the Ball” they should rename it “The Chelsea and Arsenal Show”.

  • 23 Cool Hand Luke // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    I have a feeling Pardieux is gona do another switcheroo and have Ben Arfa playing a major part.

  • 24 Novocastrian66 // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Jesper. You say we should change the team, because each game is different. We should change a winning team. Then you say: “I hate the expression ‘if it ain’t broken why fix it’. Why break it in the first place?”
    So why break it? Keep the same team.

  • 25 kevymartins // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    @novo jesper is saying we should change the team because swansea is gona know excatly how were gona play and put a stop to it.

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Novo…that is not really what I am saying. I said I don’t like the expression ‘If it ain’t broken why fix it’ cause it implies you are waiting untill it breaks to changes things.

    You should never put yourself in that position in the first place hence the reason you change it from time to time.

    Changes should be used proactive not reactive. That is my point of view mate and what I was just sharing. Other people might see it differently.

  • 27 Novocastrian66 // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Kevy. Yes I know that. It’s the; “if it ain’t broke why fix it, why break it in the first place point.” Indeed, why break it? That’s the contradiction. He is saying change the team, but don’t break what is working.

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Novo…in short Kevy just explained it!

  • 29 tequilamag // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Kevy I would agree with Jesp that always playing the same style and players does make it easier for opposition managers to work out a plan to stop us, what I would disagree with is his assertion that Pardew always does that.We have playerd several formations this season and Pardew has rarely had the luxury of picking a settled 11. Having said that the team are playing well and I do not see the need to make wholesale changes against Swansea. Yanga will be in for Colo and until HBA is fit I would keep Jonas in the team.

  • 30 Mister Tuff // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Correction @22 meant Football Focus -not “On the Ball”.

  • 31 kevymartins // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    All formations aside i’m buzzing for the game only 2 hours to gooooo :(

  • 32 santonthenewmaldini // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Always good to see the Mackems in disarray quite a good piece actually for someone who cant read write or spell haha

  • 33 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    As I havent been keeping up, I would just like to say a belated farewell to that magical talent, Nile Ranger. A long time coming, but an immense relief not to have this embarrassment associated with NUFC , and as a fan, a great relief indeed not to have to cringe to the taunts of mackem work colleagues with only Bramble as my sole defensive retort.

    Goodbye Nile, when you are bankrupt and in jail in a couple of years time, I hope nostalgia comes – a – calling with full force over the career you once blew away.

    Anyone else get the feeling that when Colo walked of injured to applause round the gallowgate end that it might have been the last time we see him in a Toon shirt? Hmmm. Maybe we will see him on the centre spot in his whistle, after the Arsenal game?

  • 34 Dennis Twice // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Debuchy——-m’biwa———–taylor———–Jonas ————Cabaye ——————-Tiote–
    Goofy—————Sissoko ———–Anita
    ————————–Cisse————————- – See more at:

  • 35 Novocastrian66 // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Jesper. I wasn’t disagreeing with your opinion, I didn’t understand you with the ain’t broke don’t fix it point, then saying don’t break it in the first place.
    There’s another saying ” don’t make changes for changes sake.” I don’t see why we should change today. We know how Swansea will play today. Give them no space behind to run into, get the front three to put pressure on their back line early and we’re in.
    What changes would you make Jesper?
    They’re good but not great.

  • 36 Mister Tuff // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    As long as we have a decent amount of possession today, and not chasing around trying to get the ball back -we should win. I don’t think Swansea go out to thwart the oppositions game but try to play their passing game. Keep it tight with Michu and we should be alright. Another point I hope that Puncheon plays to his normal standard (Championship) to shut up those who want him at SJP. He has played well recently but it will not last -judging by his historical stats.
    I see Sissoko’s driving runs important today and perhaps Cisse should be ultra confident after last weeks goal. So my shout is 3-1 to the Toon. And hopefully intro of Benny.

  • 37 corkypants85 // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Gutted im missing todays game bestman speech at the ready!!!!!!!

  • 38 woolerbill // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    WHY OH WHY, JONAS AGAIN, so we intend to defend and hope to catch them on the brake. If we go one up, then he will bring on willo and try to defend it. If Pardew is frightened get out of the game.

  • 39 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Novo…I am not advocating changes for the sake of changes.

    I think changes are good as long as they are used proactive.

    We are very predictable at times and we almost burned our fingers the last PL game.

    I am not sure what changes I would make. I might sit a bit deeper in CM or maybe sacrifice our wings in this game and let our fullbacks to the delivery and throw two inside the box.

    Not sure! All I am saying it Pards new to change it from time to time regardless of tampering with a winning team. Every game is different.

    He usual makes those changed into the game when he figure this out (but that is reactive)!

  • 40 WWYCD // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    I will be damned if am fearful of some welsh lads led by a Spaniard, Swansea can play their possession football long as its in their half they come into ours they leave hurting and embarrassed with Tiote looking over them bone in mouth

  • 41 WWYCD // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    To an extent I agree but I’d say tweaking the team rather than changing it which I think occurs as much during the game as before it. Formation changes rarely sit well with us (normally end is us getting a hiding)

  • 42 santonthenewmaldini // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    To be fair against Southampton the tactics were different from the Chelsea game even though it was roughly the same team against Chelsea we pressed them high up the pitch

    Teams like Southampton and Swansea press high up the pitch and keep the ball well what they don’t do well is against teams that break quickly as it leaves them exposed this worked well against Southampton last week as we caught them out 3 times for goals

    Hate on this board as well how people say about teams who outplay us but we still get the win Southampton played well for about 30 mins of the whole game we dominated the whole of the 1st half and could have went in 3 or 4 goals to 1 up and then 2nd half we finished strongly cant expect to dominate a team for 90 mins every game!!!

    I think we will beat Swansea today they will come at us in the 1st 20 minutes but we just have to hang in and then counter quieten the home crowd and then play our game

  • 43 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:53 PM


    I think it’s important that in your speech, u mention u had to miss watching a game, to prepare your speech.

    That will bring a tear to many eyes :)

  • 44 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Anyone else hear that crak Moscow attacking midfielder will be a free agent this summer?? If its true we should do all we can to snap him up, he’s fantastic

  • 45 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM


  • 46 yo-yo // Mar 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM


    If you read my post you’ll see I am very careful to say don’t only change when you lose – but the basic point remains that change for change’s sake is as dodgy as keeping faith with a team that might have just been lucky – which I think you’re hinting at.

  • 47 robin // Mar 2, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Despite the fact we have an idiot managing the team. NUFC, will win 3-0 Gouffran and Cisse to do the damage!

  • 48 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 2, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Keisuke Honda

  • 49 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Yo…Swansea is led by a Dane and it was BR who kept passing the ball around on his own half 😉

  • 50 check the toastie // Mar 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Fancy us this afternoon, any team news Dannyo?

  • 51 Alexx // Mar 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    BBC is saying Mbiwa is starting, nothing about Ben Arfa though..

  • 52 G // Mar 2, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    1 nowt to the toon today. I can feel it in my water.

  • 53 check the toastie // Mar 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Accept a draw today and a decent display with some intent to win, that will do me, move on to the EL games and Stoke home, that personally wont get any easier, Stoke dont like playing at the Toon.

  • 54 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Yo…it depends on where you draw the line between changing and tweaking 😉

    …I never elaborated on that!

    yo-yo…I read your post. Not directing that part towards you. Merely saying changes or tweaks should be used proactive. They should be to our advantages and not to couunter the fact we didn’t make them in the first place.

    Pards like to go into a game unchanged and then make the changes as we move along. But from my point of view they are rarely proactive.

  • 55 Rake // Mar 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    I can see Newcastle playing the same way teams play Arsenal. I see Newcastle keeping it tight and defending the box looking to frustrate Swansea and then hit them on the counter. Newcastle did this last season with two sublime finishes from Cisse even though the Swans had about 70 percent possession. I’m going to say 1-0 now back you Jeff in the studio…

  • 56 Mister Tuff // Mar 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    I’m having a bad day -mentioned Puncheon playing today in earlier post against us. Pre match nerves.

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