Steve McClaren has just named his team for the tough game at Swansea today and it’s an unchanged team from last week.
Swansea (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Kyle Naughton, Federico Fernandez, Ashley Williams (c), Neil Taylor; Jack Cork, Jonjo Shelvey; Andre Ayew, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jefferson Montero; Bafetimbi Gomis
Substitutes: Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Angel Rangel, Kyle Bartley, Leon Britton, Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge, Eder
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gabriel Obertan; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Cheick Tiote, Rolando Aarons, Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Williamson is on the bench today and there’s no Siem de Jong – which is a surprise – but he’s said to have a slight problem with his shin.
It’s surprising McClaren put Mike on the bench foe Siem, since we have cover at center-back from Steven Taylor.
It’s the familiar 4-2-3-1 formation and this will be big test of this Newcastle side, and we’d like to see the lads a lot better in defense and particularly with crosses.
We need to cut them stop them coming over, and also do better with the crosses.
Former Newcastle targets Andre Ayew and Bafe Gomis start for the Swans today.
This is what Steve McClaren has said about this game:
“It’s an away test at Swansea who, over the years, are one of the clubs that lower league clubs model themselves on.” “They are a perfect model for coming up through the leagues into the Premier League and not just consolidating, but going on.”
“When they change manager the transition is smooth, and a lot of credit should go to Huw Jenkins – the chairman – who runs the club so well.”
“Away from home is tougher, it’s harder, and that is what I want to see. I want to see the mentality of the players today, dealing with everything that comes with playing away from home in the Premier League.”
“That is one of the things I will be looking at very closely.”
38% of fans think we can win this game.
A draw would be a reasonable result for us today – a win would be a terrific result.
Howay The Lads!!