Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(47) 33 Goals 22 (43)
(31) 23 Assists 11 (23)
(6.7) 6.9 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.6)
27.7 Average Age 28.1
179.8 Average Height (cm) 182.2
(1) 1.2 Shots pg 1.2 (1.1)
(42%) 45% Aerial Duel Success 46% (49%)
(0.4) 0.4 Dribbles pg 0.8 (0.8)
(1.6) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.3 (2)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Neil Taylor Out 6.67
Darnel Situ Out N/A
Chico Out 7.49
Player Reason Status Rating
Haris Vuckic Out N/A
Ryan Taylor Out 6.54
Tim Krul Out 6.7
Fabricio Coloccini Doubtful 6.79
Yohan Cabaye Doubtful 7.2
Hatem Ben Arfa Doubtful 7.07

Team News

  • Chico remains absent due to the ankle injury that has tuled him out of action for the last few weeks, including the Capital One Cup final win over Bradford.
  • It could be a similar lineup to that match here, though Ki Sung-Yueng is likely to return to midfield rather than playing at the back.
  • Kyle Bartley could come in at centre-back, with De Guzman pushing forwards and Routledge on the bench.
  • Robert Elliot will continue between the posts in Tim Krul's continued absence with an ankle injury.
  • Hatem Ben Arfa could make his return to action for the trip to Swansea having failed to recover in time to make the squad to face Southampton last week.
  • Yohan Cabaye played in spite of an illness last week, and was withdrawn early as a result, though should have recovered by the time this game comes around.
  • Fabricio Coloccini will have an assessment on his back ahead of this game, with Yanga-Mbiwa ready to take his spot if he doesn't make it.

Prediction

  • Swansea and their fans return to Premier League action after their dominant 5-0 victory over Bradford to lift the Capital One Cup last week, and there will be a great atmosphere at the Liberty as a result. However, winning the competition has in previous years led to a significant drop in form, with Liverpool's season tailing off poorly last season, and Birmingham going on to be relegated last season.
  • Michael Laudrup's side have enough quality to ensure that doesn't happen and will want to make sure his team finish as high up the table as possible, but it may be hard to motivate his players as they are already qualified for Europe.
  • Newcastle's January transfer business is paying dividends and with 3 wins in their last 4 outings they have taken huge strides up the table. They are not yet completely safe, though, and having won this fixture last season, they may pick up a widely unexpected point.
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