Date: Fri 6th Apr 2012.
Referee: Howard Webb.
Good afternoon Geordies, and welcome to our regular match banter feature for todays Swans / Magpies clash at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea.
This is the sixth game in a row taking place at a odd time for the sake of Rupert Murdoch’s TV cameras (and one for ESPN), with our last game to be held at the usual time 3pm on Saturday being the draw against Wolves way back on 25th February.
With Swansea’s well known passing skills and our Silver Supremo’s recent conversion to “el joga bonito,” this could be an entertaining game, possibly with a few goals. Although built on a remarkably low budget for a Premiership squad, Swansea manager, Brendan Rodgers, has shaped the Swans into an impressive side, a side which includes former NUFC outcast, Wayne Routledge, who has impressed in recent performances. Another dangerman will be on loan (from Bundesliga side, Hoffenheim) midfielder, Gylfi Sigurðsson, who has scored no less than 6 Premiership goals in eleven games for Swansea so far (12 games in all competitions).
Although quite a few teams have impressed in the early part of the season, only to sink like a stone in the latter half (Hull, Blackpool etc), Swansea, along with their fellow promotees, Norwich City, seem to have more staying power, with Swansea currently lying in eleventh and Norwich in twelfth at this late stage in the season, both with 39 points.
I’ve already mentioned that this could be an entertaining game with a few goals, however, I now recall that our last game with Swansea was a 0-0 draw at St James’, so for once, I may be wrong! Anyway, for a more in depth look forward to the game with team news, previous stats, what the managers have been saying and all the usual guff, may I suggest checking out my collegue, Hugh’s excellent match preview. We shall also be posting match highlights, a match report and possibly a video of the whole game after so stay tuned!
As usual, I shall be posting the team sheets for the game below when they become available.
Howay the Lads!
Swansea City (4-3-3): Michel Vorm; Angel Rangel, Ashley Williams (C), Steven Caulker, Neil Taylor, Leon Britton, Joe Allen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nathan Dyer, Luke Moore, Wayne Routledge.
Subs: Gerhard Tremmel, Alan Tate, Garry Monk, Josh McEachran, Mark Gower, Scott Sinclair, Danny Graham.
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Davide Santon, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez (C), Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba.
Subs: Rob Elliot (G), James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi.