Fabricio Coloccini - Newcastle United News

After suffering their second defeat of the season to a physical Norwich City side last week, Newcastle return to Premier League action tomorrow when they take on another newly-promoted side, Swansea City.

Brendan Rogers’ side don’t possess the same style of play as the Canaries did, preferring to pass their opponents to death, just like they did against the Magpies when they last met at the Liberty Stadium in the Championship, only for a large, ponytailed striker to steal a point for the Geordies.

This meeting will be the first top-flight clash between the two sides in history, with the Swans enjoying their first campaign in the highest division in English football this season.

Since the death of Gary Speed three weeks ago affects both sides, there will be specially arranged tributes to the late legend before kick-off. Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones will belt out “Bread of Heaven” to the packed stands, and the East Stand will in turn hold up cards to form the number 11, the shirt number Speed wore in his time at Newcastle (and other clubs for that matter).

On the pitch, Alan Pardew should have more defensive options at his disposal, with Mike Williamson coming through 45 minutes of a reserve game this week. Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote could also be available after injury. All three will undergo fitness tests ahead of the game to determine their participation.

If Williamson and Coloccini are ruled out, it means that Pardew may be forced to stick with the leaky defence that conceded four at Carrow Road. However, with Swansea preferring quicker, smoother attacking play, the defence shouldn’t come under the same type of aerial bombardment that they were subjected to last week.

Dan Gosling will be suspended after seeing red against the Canaries, whilst long-term absentees Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux and Danny Guthrie remain sidelined.

Joe Allen returns from suspension for the visitors whilst Angel Rangel and Alan Tate remain unavailable. Garry Monk and Danny Graham will be hoping for recalls to the first team. Graham, admittedly a Newcastle fan, is Swansea’s 5-goal top scorer this season but the Welsh side are looking for their first away win of the season.

The clash also sees the season’s two most impressive goalkeepers go head-to-head, with Dutch international team-mates Tim Krul and Michel Vorm battling it out to see who can get the better of one another. A 0-0 draw with a string of sublime saves wouldn’t be a bad bet come tomorrow afternoon if everything goes according to the form book.