Swansea City vs Newcastle United - Match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction
Swansea City had an exciting transfer deadline day and will be taking positive momentum into their home fixture against Newcastle United. They are two teams expected to fight relegation, but the home side look to be in a better position than the visitors. Rafa Benitez was unhappy at the lack of business completed by the Magpies and he will need all of his experience to keep the side in the top-flight.
The Swans made headlines on deadline day after Renato Sanches and Wilfried Bony arrived at the club. The latter is well known to supporters after a successful spell at the club a few seasons ago. Meanwhile, the former is regarded as one of the most exciting talents in Europe. This season could be a good one for the club, despite the departures of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente.
Newcastle have lost all of the momentum from promotion and the future is clouded in doubt after a poor transfer window. There are noises that Benitez is unhappy and the club are at risk of losing him if a rival Premier League club comes calling. That would be disastrous and would see the club enter another period of disarray.
Paul Clement has overseen a good start to the season as his team have taken four points from three matches. Their opening day draw to Southampton was somewhat fortunate, but they have a solid defence and have kept two clean sheets already this season. They will go into this fixture with confidence.
The visitors haven’t enjoyed the best start to the season after disappointing losses to Tottenham and Huddersfield Town. However, their performance against West Ham in their most recent fixture was superb as they ran out 3-0 winners.
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Swansea could choose to switch to a 4-3-3 and bring Renato Sanches straight into the team for a debut. Wayne Routledge and Luciano Narsingh could be given starts on the wing.
Rafa Benitez is unlikely to make many changes to the team that beat West Ham. Chancel Mbemba will miss out, so he will be replaced by the returning Florian Lejeune with Ciaran Clark shifting to left-back. Jonjo Shelvey will have to accept a place on the bench.
Jordan Ayew and Leon Britton are doubts for this weekend. Swansea have several long-term injury concerns, as Kyle Bartley, Ki Sung-yeung and Nathan Dyer are all expected to be missing for this fixture.
Florian Lejeune and DeAndre Yedlin are both back in training, which is a boost ahead of this weekend. Jonjo Shelvey will return from suspension, but Chancel Mbemba and Paul Dummett are likely to miss out through injury. Aleksandar Mitrovic will serve the first of his three-match ban.
Score prediction: Swansea City 1-1 Newcastle United
Both of these teams are well organised defensively and that should make for an underwhelming game for the neutrals. There aren’t likely to be a lot of goals and the most likely result is a draw. Swansea will need time to gel with their new signings and this match could come too soon to pick up three points.
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