Well, I absolutely can not wait to get this season finished with. It’s dragging and starting to get on my tits. I’m sick of hearing about it, reading about and more importantly, witnessing the fucker! Alan Pardew’s side have managed to equal the run of Willie “Iam” McFaul’s 88/89 heroes of managing to misfire their way to 12 blanks from a run of 17 games. In 88/89 it resulted in Iam getting the chop and Jim Smith landing on Tyneside to confirm relegation……. Fast forward 25 year and the current manager claims it’s a “strong season!” In my opinion, there’s been about half a dozen good, convincing, performances in the league all season. This bloke has lost the plot.
Which of our players still fancy seeing out the rest of the season remains to be seen, but the number appears to be reducing by the week.
This Saturday, it’s Swansea’s turn ride Newcastle United for 90 minutes and add 3 points, and as many goals as they want to their totals.
Swansea’s season adds weight to Pardew’s and the rest of football’s viewpoint that the Europa League hampers your domestic form……. well, it does if you don’t bother equipping your squad with enough resources to challenge on both fronts. It led to the binning of Michael Laudrup as gaffer and Gary Monk taking over. They’re currently 6th bottom and will be nervously looking over their shoulders as only 3 points separate them from the bottom 3 (they do have a significantly better GD mind.)
Swansea’s away from is particularly disappointing, with just 3 league wins on the road, those coming at Fulham (2-1), Crystal Palace (2-0) and WBA (2-0). Their last away win in the league was in November… So they’re due one. They’ve recorded 4 draws at Norwich, Aston Villa, Stoke and Arsenal. They’ve come a cropper 10 times away from South Wales, to Hull, Everton, Swansea, West ham, Man Utd, Chelsea, Man City, Cardiff, Southampton and Spurs.
Bony is their leading scorer (by some distance) with 20 goals. De Guzman has 7 and Routledge has 6.
Chico Flores is suspended having been sent off last week vs. Chelsea. Michu and Kyle Bartley are their injury concerns.
It looks like Santon has checked out for the season now, with talk of a hamstring injury ruling him out for 3 weeks. There’s talk of a similar length of time on the sidelines for Sissoko. Remy and Debuchy appear to being guilted into making a return soon, with the game at Arsenal being tipped as the most likely return fixture. Ben Arfa and Steven Taylor both picked up knocks in last week’s pulsating encounter in the Potteries.
I’m thinking of asking if there’s any spare radar kit going spare at the minute and I’ll take it upon myself to see if I can find Sylvain Marveaux, the poor lamb must have now gone 4 weeks without food or water.
As for the team that eventually plays…….. Well….. Who gives a fuck really?
Injured/Taking the Piss
R Taylor – Knee – out for the season
Sissoko – Hamstring – 3 weeks
Santon – Hamstring – 3 weeks
Remy – Ankle – fuck knows
Debuchy – Groin – fuck knows
Obertan – Bruised Vagina – hope he never wears a B&W strip again
Ben Arfa – Dead Leg – 1 week
Possible Team (5-3-2)
GK. Tim Krul: RB. Vurnon Anita, CB. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, CB. Mike Williamson, CB. Fabricio Coloccini, LB. Paul Dummett: CM. Yoan Gouffran, CM. Cheick Tiote, CM. Dan Gosling: CF. Luuk De Jong, CF. Papiss Cisse:
Rob Elliot, Masaido Haidara, Gael Bigirimana, Shola Ameobi, Adam Armstrong, Steven Taylor, Remi Streete
Referee: Chris Foy
History vs. the Swans at SJP in the League
1984/85 Won 2-0. United were revving up and were unbeaten in 8 when the Swans landed at SJP. Kenny Wharton and Peter Beardsley bagged the 2 goals and United would lose only twice from the next 9 to take 3rd place behind Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday, whilst Swansea finished 2nd bottom and were relegated. Attendance, 27,329
2009/10 Won 3-0 Swansea arrived at SJP with Newcastle already perched on top of table and on a fine run of form. Swansea, led by Paulo Sousa had a reputation for some fine football but were blown away with 3 goals in 30 minutes for Marlon Harewood (2) and Peter Lovenkrands. In the end, we’d top 100 points, lift the Championship and regain our top flight status, whilst Swansea finished 7th but their time would come. Attendance, 42,616
2011/12 Drew 0-0 Having made a phenomenal start to the season that seen us unbeaten in the league until November, the wheels started to come off when we ran out of centre backs, and having been don e4-2 at Norwich we began to see our side repaired. Coloccini returned and we kept a clean sheet, but we misfired at the other end. Attendance, 51,767
2012/13 Lost 1-2 Absolutely everything wrong in the world was all the fault of the wicked Europa League, in fact, we’d only won 3 league games from our opening 11 games. That record would get worse too as Swansea played us off the park. Michu and De Guzman had them comfortably ahead before Ba scored a 94th minute consolation. Attendance, 49,403
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Bony, Dyer, De Guzman, Hernandez, Routledge can all have a field day, if they fancy it.
Swansea looked canny with 10 men vs Chelsea last weekend, therefore, is they have the slightest clue what they are doing, we’ll be beaten comfortably. Newcastle United 0-2 Swansea City. Expect Ben Arfa to get the blame despite not coming on until it’s already 0-2.