By Chief Sports Writer, Marley Anderson

After overcoming Southampton to record their most important win of the season last time out, Newcastle could move into the top half of the Premier League with an away win against Capital One Cup champions, Swansea.

Michael Laudrup’s side stuffed League 2 Bradford City at Wembley last weekend, while Newcastle edged a six-goal thriller at St James’ Park just hours earlier.

The general feeling around Tyneside is that the Geordies are free of any relegation worries, as they are now closer to mid-table than the bottom three. With almost a full squad to choose from to boot, Newcastle are trying to salvage mid-table mediocrity from their poor domestic campaign.

The trip to Wales might see the return of Hatem Ben Arfa to the Newcastle squad, as the Frenchman closes in on full fitness. The former Marseille winger has missed months of first-team action for his side but could be fit enough for a cameo at the Liberty Stadium.

Captain Fabricio Coloccini is a major doubt after hurting his back while attempting an acrobatic clearance last weekend, so Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is set to start his first Premier League game since joining Newcastle from Montpellier.
Aside from Coloccini, there are no new injury worries for Alan Pardew, leaving Haris Vuckic and Tim Krul as absentees, with the goalkeeper facing another four weeks on the sidelines with an ankle problem.

Youngsters Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson have been loaned out this week to Middlesbrough and Birmingham respectively, and begin their Championship stint on Saturday.

As for Swansea, top scorer and bargain of the season Michu is available and in form, after scoring in the league cup final last weekend. Nathan Dyer is also expected to start, despite his embarrassing on-pitch bust up with Jonathan De Guzman over who should take a meaningless penalty.

Spanish centre-half Chico Flores is injured, alongside former Newcastle transfer target Neil Taylor. The Wales international broke his leg early in the season and has been out ever since, being replaced in the team by rookie Ben Davies.

Newcastle will be hoping to repeat last season’s meeting between the two sides, when Papiss Cisse scored twice to give his side a 2-0 win. The season before when the sides met in the Championship, Andy Carroll rescued a point for the Magpies with a last-ditch header. Before those games though, Newcastle haven’t lost away to the Swans since 1980, when they were stuffed 4-0.

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  1. jack

    Whatever the result other than the game after Gary speeds death they have always been good games to.watch between us all the best for the seaso

    n after tomorrow newcastle

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