As expected Yanga-Mbiwa starts the game today at Swansea in place of the injured Fabricio Coloccini.
The team is the one we had published in our match report earlier today – although 20 year-old Massadio Haidara makes the bench for today’s game, and as expected Yohan Cabaye captains the side for the first time.
This will be a tough match for Newcastle and we need to start this afternoon on the front foot against an in-form Swansea side, fresh from their Capital One Cup victory at Wembley last Sunday.
For Swansea former Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge, who is having a good season at the South Wales club – starts today against his former club.
Howay The Lads!!
Swansea: Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel, Garry Monk (capt), Ashley Williams, Ben Davies, Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman, Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer, Pablo Hernandez, Michu.
Subs: Gerhard Tremmel, Dwight Tiendalli, Kyle Bartley, Ki Sung-Yueng, Roland Lamah, Luke Moore, Itay Shechter.
Newcastle: Rob Elliot, Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon, Yohan Cabeye (capt), Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Jonas Gutierrez, , Papiss Cisse,
Subs: Jak Alnwick, Vurnon Anita, James Perch, Massadio Haidara, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan.