Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea.
Date: Sat 2nd March, 2013.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Craig Pawson (S.Yorks).
UK TV: None.
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this afternoon’s against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
Michael Laudrup’s Swans will be basking in the glory of a major trophy win in their last game, something we have been unable to achieve in 44 years – Will this be a good or bad thing for Newcastle United’s prospects? Will Swansea take their foot off the pedal? Or will this just spur them on to aspire for more of the same success? This is a question which will be answered soon in what promises to be a very exciting fixture.
Though this will prove a similar challange to last weeks game against Southampton, which we won 4-2 of course, Swansea are much further down the road in their development. Hence their attacking pressing game should be less prone to mistakes than the aforementioned Saints under newer manager Mauricio Pochettino. So although the same result is achievable, it should certainly mot be taken for granted, especially in their own backyard.
But anyway, enough analysis as we shall find out soon enough. So, I will just leave you with my usual reminders that I shall be posting the teamsheets below when they become available, as well as posting links to the game (which will not be broadcast live in the UK). Finally, I will also be publishing highlights, post match interviews and a video of the whole game when it’s all over. Which only leaves it for me to sign off for now with my usual
Howay the Lads!
Swansea City (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm (G), Angel Rangel, Gary Monk (c), Ashley Williams, Ben Davies, Leon Britton, Jonathan De Guzman, Pablo Hernandez, Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge, Michu.
Subs: Gerhard Tremmel (G), Dwight Tiendalli, Kyle Bartley, Ki Sung-Yueng, Roland Lamah, Itay Shechter, Luke Moore.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot (G) Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Jak Alnwick (G), Massadio Haidara, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi.