Swansea City v Newcastle United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 06, 2017
The Liberty Stadium - Premier League
The sides sit adjacent to each other in 13th and 14th place in the early table, Swansea’s four points being one more than the three Newcastle took from their last game against a woeful West Ham.
Swansea have taken 10 points from the last four visits of Newcastle. In Newcastle’s last relegation season two years ago the Swans won 2-0. The previous year a 2-2 draw was played out with Swansea winning the previous Liberty Stadium fixtures 3-0 and 1-0.
Both clubs will hope their various international players return from key games with their countries fit and healthy but at least this fixture is on Sunday, affording long-distance travellers an extra day of recovery.
Swansea have a new look tasty front two of Tammy Abraham – who turned down Newcastle in the summer – and Wilfried Bony, bizarrely reported to be involved in legal action involving the first of his moves to Swansea. On loan Bayern Munich Ranato Sanches is also available.
Already hit by suspensions Newcastle are without Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic who begins a three game ban. The Magpies however have former Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey again after his suspension for a first day red card has been completed. Defender Paul Dummet is injured but there are potential returns from injury for Florian Lejune and DeAndre Yedlin.
Swansea City v Newcastle United Preview and Predictions
The first game after the closure of the transfer window is a key time for clubs to take stock of the squads they have assembled and the first result after the window closes can go some way to affecting confidence and prospects.
Paul Clement’s near £40m investment in his new-look Swansea leaves some £27m in the bank after the Swansea sales of Sigurdsson, Llorente, Cork and co. Big money midfielder, Sam Clucas, from Hull, needs to quickly show he can influence games but he won’t bring the goals from midfield lost with Sigurdsson’s move.
The goal threat has to come from Tammy Abraham and Wilfried Bony who will hope to get back to the form that made Manchester City want to take him from Swansea during his first spell. Paul Clement’s big club connections has seen him attract Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich and the Swans will look to him to be the supply line to the hit-men.
Despite Tyneside protestations of lack of investment, while Swansea’s net spend is -£27m, Newcastle’s is reportedly +£14m. Former Stoke striker Joselu impressed on his debut and with Mitrovic missing and Gayle’s hamstring a worry Rafa Benitez will hope his fellow countryman can replay him.
Swansea are 17/50 to win, Newcastle are 23/10 with the odds on a draw 12/5. The Swans are 12/1 to win 2-0, Newcastle are 9/1 to win 1-0 and you can get 6/1 on a 1-1 draw.
Jordan Ayew to open the scoring at 7/1
The Ghana international has scored in his last two Swansea games and scored against Newcastle when with Villa.
Jonjo Shelvey to score first at 1/1
Back at Swansea, back from suspension, on free-kicks. Shelvey owes Benitez after his stupid first day red card and would love a goal back at The Liberty.