Newcastle United v Swansea City @ St James’ Park 13/01/18 3pm

Can Newcastle make it three in a row? Coming off back to back wins over Stoke and lower league side Luton in the FA Cup  they hope to build up momentum in January

Rafa Bentiez’s side have lost five of their last six Premier League fixtures at St James’ Park, but do come into the game on the back of those two wins, Although sitting in 13th place in the Premier League, Newcastle are only two points above the drop zone.

Newcastle did win the previous meeting 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium in September courtesy of a Jamal Lascelles second-half header.

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Rafa has confirmed Newcastle duo Rob Elliot (thigh) and Chancel Mbemba (knee) are both fit to feature after injury. However, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Florian Lejeune and Jesus Gamez are still sidelined.

Lascelles vs Swansea

Jamal Lacelles has also passed fit, a boost to the squad having the captain back, and possibly a repeat performance of his game-deciding goal (pictured) on the cards.

Newcastle have not done the league ‘double’ over Swansea since the 1983-84 Second Division campaign – a season that saw them promoted to the top-flight, and Swansea relegated to the third tier.

 

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The swans rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, although a win could move them to within a point of safety if other results go their way.

And they have seen an upturn in form since Paul Clement left the club. Carlos Carvalhal’s side drew 0-0 away at Championship leaders Wolves in the FA Cup last weekend.  Previously the Swans picked up a huge 2-1 away win at Watford in the Premier League, while they also looked decent in a home defeat to Tottenham.

Swansea have doubts over Tammy Abraham (hip) and Renato Sanches (hamstring) for the trip to Newcastle.  Midfielders Ki Sung-yueng and Leon Britton have rejoined the squad after calf injuries. Academy product Connor Roberts could make his Premier League debut, with Kyle Naughton completing a three-game ban and Angel Rangel sidelined by a calf strain.

With all that in mind have a look at other Newcastle Predictions featuring former Newcastle stalwart Steve Howey (below) and his thoughts on any big moves this January

 

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