This is Swansea’s last game against an opposition currently lower than them in the league table, and with a tough closing schedule this could conceivably be their last chance at picking up a win this season.
Results aren’t the only thing that matter now, and with safety confirmed Francesco Guidolin can start to really put his tactical footprint on this Swansea side, especially considering he hopes to still be at the helm next season.
Guidolin opted to start two wingers against Chelsea and they were crucial in the win, so it wouldn’t be any surprise to see a similar shape at Newcastle.
Back-to-back clean sheets on the horizon?
The Pole had fairly little to do against Chelsea, and will be in the starting eleven as he has done every game this season unless a last-minute injury occurs.
Put in a good performance last week, and Kyle Naughton is looking further away from the starting eleven every week. Fans might have seen the last of their £5m man, as right-back should be an area the club look to improve on in the summer.
Jordi Amat seems to have recovered from an injury that made him a doubt for the Chelsea game, but still won’t challenge Federico Fernandez and Ashley Williams for a starting spot.
The European Championship finals are coming up, and Williams looks in-form and ready to take Wales to new heights. He put in another masterclass performance against Chelsea, and will probably make another one against Newcastle.
If this game wasn’t against a side fighting relegation, Stephen Kingsley would surely be in the frame. However, Guidolin might still be wary of giving up points to a team that not so long ago were right alongside Swansea.
No changes in midfield
Looked right at home alongside Leroy Fer in midfield against Chelsea, and whether it is Fer or another midfielder next to him, Jack Cork should definitely be playing this role for Swansea next season.
An impressive performance against Chelsea, bossing Cesc Fabregas among others will no doubt help the Dutchman in his attempt to secure a permanent move in the summer.
Abundance of attacking options
Didn’t quite look himself last week, but that’s to be expected after a month out injured. Barring any recurrence of the ankle injury, he will likely be trusted again, to Modou Barrow’s expense.
He just won’t stop scoring. With another few more by the end of the season and the Icelandic international will have fans worrying that a big club are about to come in and prize him away, which has happened before. Gylfi Sigurdsson is in the best form of his life and fans could be seeing another game where he dances around the opposition midfield.
His Swansea days looked numbered a fortnight ago, but now he seems one of Guidolin’s most trusted players. He has torn Daryl Janmaat apart once already this season, where he got the Dutchman sent off for two yellow cards before half time and an injury suffered last week in the loss to Southampton is the only reason why it wouldn’t have happened again. Whoever deputises for Janmaat will be in for a ride.
Despite not scoring against Chelsea, it was Alberto Paloschi’s best game in a Swansea shirt since his move in January. He was full of energy and held the ball up better than any Swansea striker since Wilfried Bony. Leaving the Italian out of the starting eleven for this game would be incredibly harsh.