Newcastle United v Swansea City: match preview

on 12 January 2018

Rafael Benítez is still in the dark about his January transfer budget and does not sound tremendously optimistic about the prospect of actually signing any players this month. Throw in mounting uncertainties about Newcastle’s mooted takeover and Benítez looks to have almost as many problems as Swansea’s Carlos Carvalhal before a relegation six-pointer both managers could desperately do with winning. Potentially key sub-plots include Jonjo Shelvey’s performance against the club he left amid talk of dressing room disruption in south Wales. Louise Taylor

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

Venue St James’ Park

Last season n/a

Referee Graham Scott

This season G12, Y23, R1, 2.08 cards per game

Odds H 10-11 A 7-2 D 9-4

Newcastle United

Subs from Elliot, Mbemba, Dummett, Merino, Hayden, Gayle, Aarons, Haïdara, Saivet, Joselu

Doubtful None

Injured Lejeune (foot, unknown), Mitrovic (back, unknown)

Suspended None


Discipline Y35 R2

Leading scorers Gayle, Joselu 3

Swansea City

Subs from Nordfeldt, Bartley, Britton, Mesa, Van der Hoorn, Narsingh, Routledge, Fer, Fulton, McBurnie, Sanches, Abraham

Doubtful Abraham (hip), Sanches (hamstring)

Injured Rangel (calf, 27 Jan)

Suspended Naughton (last of three)


Discipline Y31 R0

Leading scorer Abraham 4

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