Newcastle United will attempt to make it three wins in a row on Saturday at St. James’ Park. However, face tough competition against a Swansea City side who find themselves under new management.
After a vital win at the Bet365 Stadium on New Year’s Day and success in the FA Cup 3rd Round against Luton. Newcastle United are sitting pretty on the pitch despite various off-field problems.
The Magpies will be hoping to keep this excellent run of form up. But, in Carlos Carvalhal, face a manager who beat United twice last season.
Furthermore, the Swans won their last away game at Watford which makes this a difficult prospect for Newcastle. United have the boost however of captain Jamaal Lascelles being available after being taken off against Luton.
However, the game is too soon for Jesus Gamez and Aleksandar Mitrovic who will both miss out. Furthermore, the Swans will be boosted by the news of the availability of Leroy Fer after his ban for the red card he received against Wolves in the FA Cup third round was rescinded. In more disappointing news for the Swans, there are serious doubts over the fitness of key players Tammy Abraham and Kyle Naughton.
However, Carlos Carvalhal is experienced with dealing with a Rafa Benitez’s United side and has a 100% record against United. With a win for Sheffield Wednesday both home and away last season in the Championship.
Furthermore, Wednesday beat United under Carvalhal in the League Cup in 2015/16 when Newcastle were under the control of Steve McClaren.
Therefore, United will be need to be wary against Swansea. Despite their league position the South Wales side have to be treated with the respect that they deserve.
Whilst Wilfred Bony and Renato Sanches have been disappointing so far this season they definitely have the quality to hurt Newcastle.
Overall Newcastle have to win these games and hopefully they will.
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