It was very tough on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to lose his place last Saturday, but on the other hand there was no way Alan Pardew would leave out Mathieu Debuchy, after he served his one match ban for picking up his fifth yellow card this season.
Mathieu Debuchy - in action on Saturday
The French International had just returned form starring for France in their two World Cup qualifying games against Ukraine, and the player is fast becoming one of the best right backs in the Premier League.
And Mathieu has talked in the local press today:
“I want to play in as many matches as possible – I want to play in every game,” “I was a little bit frustrated not to be able to play against Norwich, but I came straight back in.”
“I wanted to play and help the team. I wanted to get back on the pitch with the team.” “Since I turned professional, I’ve always had the same style of play.”
“That’s me – that’s who I am. When I go in for a one-on-one, I need to be strong to get the ball. I’m not going to change that.” “We know it’s going to be difficult tomorrow, we’re well aware of that.
“It’s a hard place to go. They’re a very good team.” “Every game is difficult. We’ve had some great results recently. It’s up to us to try to go there and get a really good result.”
It will be a tough test tomorrow night, but Swansea are in the Europa League this season night, and this will be their third game in just six days, after competing in the Europa League last Thursday night.
And they are in second place in Group A with 8 points from their five games so far, and 4 points behind leaders Valencia, who beat them 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium last Thursday night.
And the sheer number of games Swansea are playing this season, will likely have a similar effect it had on Newcastle last season, when our Premier League form suffered – a lot.
It’s a chance for Newcastle to get their 5th league win in a row.
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