Kickoff: Saturday, 16 April @15:00 GMT
Venue: St. James’ Park (Newcastle upon Tyne)
Head to head record
Swansea City vs Newcastle United 2-0 (2015/2016 Premier League)
Newcastle United vs Swansea City 2-3 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Swansea City vs Newcastle United 2-2 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Newcastle United vs Swansea City 1-2 (2013/2014 Premier League)
Swansea City vs Newcastle United 3-0 (2013/2014 Premier League)
Newcastle United vs Swansea City prediction
It is do or die for the Magpies this Saturday. Newcastle are in a must win situation, or they can start packing their bags, but Swansea won their last three visits to St. James’ Park and we will have to wait and see what the final outcome will be like this time.
Can Newcastle achieve the impossible?
After a dismal defeat against the Saints in the previous round, it became quite obvious things haven’t changed much since the arrival of Rafa Benitez. The Spanish tactician did not succeed in reviving the fallen Magpies, as they continue to produce below par performances. Janmaat showed his anger about the current run of events by punching a wall in the dressing room, breaking two fingers in process. Mathematically, the Geordies still have a shot for keeping their Premier League status, but in reality, their chances seem rather slim. The team from Newcastle upon Tyne recorded a mere point in their last seven league matches, and, according to their manager, they need four wins from their last five games in order to escape relegation. At least the team started scoring goals on a regular basis. Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic are rather productive at St. James’ Park, and they will probably do their part of the job once again while hoping their defense can manage to keep the net intact, but, truth being told, they rarely do.
Benitez will be without the likes of Massadio Haidara (knee), Sylvain Marveaux (groin), Fabricio Coloccini (calf muscle), Tim Krul (ACL ligament) and Robert Elliot (ACL ligament).
The Swans almost always concede on the road
Swansea arrive to Newcastle free of pressure, since they are now practically safe from relegation, with thirteen points away from the danger zone and only five matches remaining. Four wins and a draw from their last six Premier League matches prove that Francesco Guidolin stabilized his charges, which could force the club officials to extend the contract of the Italian manager. Gylfi Sigurdsson is the key player of the Swans, with four goals and an assist to his name in the last five matches. Despite the fact Liberty Stadium outfit have been rather productive on the road of recent, they recorded a single triumph in their previous five away fixtures, since their defense was rather drafty, especially against Stoke and Bournemouth, when Lukasz Fabianski had to pull five balls from his net in total. The Polish goalkeeper secured a mere one clean sheet on the road this term and there is a huge possibility he will further the negative trend this time out.
Francesco Guidolin has almost the entire team at disposal for the forthcoming clash, since only Leon Britton is injured and will remain in the recovery room.
- The Magpies are on a seven-game undefeated run against the Swans
- The Geordies lost six of their last seven matches in the league
- Newcastle failed to net a goal just once in their previous eight fixtures on home soil
- Swansea found the net in seven consecutive league games
- Liberty Stadium outfit are rather unpredictable on the road of late
Newcastle United vs Swansea City betting tip
A win is a must for the Magpies in the forthcoming match and they will need to go storming to attack. The effectiveness of certain Newcastle players on home soil drive me to a conclusion the Geordies will manage to find the net at least once. However, with such an approach, Rafa Benitez’s charges will leave their goal wide open, and judging by the previous visits of the Swans to St James’ Park, the visitors will score a couple of goals of their own. This is why I expect a lot of fireworks in this match.
Tip: Both teams to score – Yes
Odds: 1.91 (10/11) @10Bet
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