Newcastle have an opportunity to get five league wins in a row for the first time in twenty months, when we take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in south Wales tonight.
In our last two visits there, since Swansea have been in the Premier League, we won 2-0 and then last season we lost 1-0, although if anything we were the better side in that game.
There’s no doubt Newcastle are in good form at the moment, and it remains to be seen how many changes manger Alan Pardew will make to the side that won 2-1 against West Brom at home on Saturday, in what was a close game.
This is what Pardew said about the team today:
“We’re playing well at the minute. We’ve had four really tough games and managed to edge them all,” “But going to Swansea on a Wednesday night will be difficult.”
“They beat us last year so I’m very determined to try and get a result there.” “It would be great if we could keep the run going – that’s what we want to do. I want to keep the momentum.”
“I think they’ve suffered from playing seven more games than us, and injuries. It takes its toll.” “Swansea have had a couple of blows of late and it’s never good to take that at any club, let alone the size of the clubs we are.”
“For the Chelseas, Manchester Uniteds and Manchester Citys, it’s a little bit easier to sustain.”
And since Alan keeps mentioning we are not in the same league – so to speak – as the Chelseas, Manchester Uniteds and Manchester Citys, when are we going to be able to have a squad that can compete in Europe every season?
We’ve done it in the past, and there’s simply no good reason we cannot do it again.
We’re not sure how many changes Pardew will make to the side for tonight’s game, but we do have another very tough game at Manchester United on Saturday – but we have our best chance of getting all three points tonight, so the manager may only make one or two changes tonight, and then make say four or five for the trip to Old Trafford, in the early kick-off game on Saturday.
This is a possible team for tonight’s game:
Yanga-Mbiwa Coloccini (c) Williamson Dummett
Sissoko Cabaye Anita Gouffran
Ameobi (Sh) Remy
Subs: Elliot Debuchy Taylor (S) Santon Tiote Ben Arfa Cisse
There’s also a chance that Papiss Cisse could get a start up front tonight, and in that team above we have three changes from the side that beat West Brom.
What would your team be for tonight?
The keys to the game are that the defense is strong and solid, and that Newcastle show the resilience they have shown in the last four games, when the lads have refused to bow their heads, and kept fighting all the way.
And fans are surprisingly upbeat about a good result tonight, maybe because Swansea have strikers Michu and Wilfried Bony both out injured.
It’s an excellent opportunity for the lads to register our fifth win in a row, and just in case that happnes, I’ve got those blood pressure pills all ready – I’m not daft.
Howay The Lads!!
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