Newcastle United - Swansea City Preview: The search for Benitez's first win goes on

Newcastle United host Swansea City on Saturday, in what is possibly the Geordie's last chance to mount a survival challenge.

Newcastle United - Swansea City Preview: The search for Benitez's first win goes on
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Four games into his reign as Newcastle United manager, and Rafa Benitez is still searching for his first win. 

It has been a pretty poor tenure so far for the experienced Spaniard and things don't get any easier against Swansea City on Saturday. Essentially, the game could all but relegate Newcastle - a word which has followed them round for a major part of the season. 

Once again Benitez will ask the Geordie faithful to get behind his players, in the hope that they can somehow turn this sinking ship around. 


Forget about form this weekend, Newcastle are desperate for a win and it does not really get any bigger on a weekend where Norwich and Sunderland both play each other too. Swansea won't be any pushover's as they have had a rather good 2016, pulling away from the relegation dog fight. 

This game though couldn't have really come at a worse time for Newcastle, as they haven't beaten their Welsh opponents in their last seven attempts - not great reading Newcastle fans. 

The Geordie's can't even back themselves with their recent home record either, with their last home win coming against West Ham back in January of this year. The last five games have ended in defeat for Newcastle as well, only one point to show for their efforts. 

Swansea on the other hand are in brilliant form, they have won four of their last 6 Premier League games - which have included scalps of Chelsea and Arsenal. 

Team news

On the bright side, Jack Colback returns for Newcastle after being banned for picking up ten yellow cards. Paul Dummett also returns to the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury. Daryl Janmaat though joins the long list of injuries at Newcastle, as he is unavailable due to a groin problem. Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini are two of the other notable absentee's. 

Swansea's Leon Britton will come back into the squad after overcoming a back injury, he will be fighting for a first team place though after the Swans impressive result against Chelsea last weekend. Jack Cork and Leroy Fer look set to continue in the middle of the park with Alberto Paloschi look set to lead the line. 

Players to Watch

Andros Townsend: He's one of the only players in the team who seems to be giving 110% in this relegation dog fight, and one of the only ones who is scoring goals. With a brilliant strike against Southampton and a good display against Norwich, Townsend could come into his own in front of the home crowd, utilising the pace and skill that has to offer.  

Gylfi Sigudsson: This man needs no introduction, someone who could potentially become Swansea's highest Premier League goal scorer. Scoring in nine of his last 14 appearances has been one of the reason why Swansea have all but secured safety, without him they'd probably still be in trouble. With Newastle's defensive woes of late, his set piece ability could be the difference in this tight affair.