Newcastle United attempt to prevent their slide towards the Championship with a thoroughly winnable game at home to Swansea City.

The Swans have been in fine form lately, but if Newcastle are serious about staying in this league, it’s games like this they simply have to win at home.

It all looks too much considering the way they’ve been playing of late, surrendering quickly against Southampton after failing to beat rivals Sunderland on their own patch.

The games against Swansea and Crystal Palace are a chance for six vital points, but Rafa Benitez must instil some fight into a team that doesn’t look bothered once it crosses the white line at St James’ Park.


Paul Dummett is expected to return, but Newcastle’s full back woes continue as Daryl Janmaat is injured with two ailments – two broken fingers from punching a wall after being subbed against Southampton, and a groin strain.

That means Vurnon Anita is likely to move to right-back, with the midfield remaining unchanged despite not putting in the kind of performances that warrant a stay in the team. Kevin Mbabu is closing in on a comeback too.

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Papiss Cisse will fight it out for a starting spot, but Fabricio Coloccini misses out for the sixth game in a row with a calf strain. Hmmm.

Sylvain Marveaux, Tim Krul and Rob Elliot are all missing, but Gabriel Obertan is apparently fit.

Swansea have a completely clean squad to choose from.


Swansea haven’t lost at St James’ Park in the Premier League, drawing their first game 0-0 and winning the next three.

Papiss Cisse has four goals in his last five games against Swansea.

Only Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero have scored more goals in 2016 than Gylfi Sigurdsson.