MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle United v Swansea City, St James’ Park, 19/Apr/14, KO: 3pm, Premier League.

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Well, I absolutely can not wait to get this season finished with. It’s dragging and starting toPardewApril 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.

Team News

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:

Subs

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

Swansea Fanzines

Swansea Oh Swansea http://sosfanzine.com/

Jackanory http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~geraint/main.htm

A Touch Far Vetched http://www.atfv.net/

Danger Men

Bony, Dyer, De Guzman, Hernandez, Routledge can all have a field day, if they fancy it.

Predictions

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.

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13 Responses to MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle United v Swansea City, St James’ Park, 19/Apr/14, KO: 3pm, Premier League.

  1. WhoArYa says:

    Supporting the Toon hasn’t been easy and it isn’t going to change so we have two choices?

    I’m in

    • Chris Betts says:

      I’m not chucking it now. Not after all these years. What other people do is up to them, but I’m not walking away now

  2. David says:

    Ive been wondering whether to bother wandering up to SJP on Saturday, but I think I will. You never know eh?

  3. Kenthemag says:

    Well i’ve suffered – we’ve ALL suffered – this season so another 2 games won’t make that much difference. Can’t see us scoring unless its an own goal, fluke or penalty. Still its sunny and a bank holiday so a few beers might ease the pain…

  4. Peter Shearer says:

    And as long as you keep going -Mr Ashley carries on regardless. I am out! Keegan is out and I don’t think anyone would doubt Sir Booby would be out! Stand up for the long-term future of our club-our future needs you to do something different.Personal view of course.

  5. Phil Carmichael says:

    It will be interesting to see how Wilfred Bony does. Allegedly, he was on our radar, in the summer, but chose Swansea. It was at that point I knew we were a second class club.

  6. Peter Shearer says:

    Oops sorry sir Booby!

  7. Jackson Yates says:

    Pardew says he thinks there’s a good chance Remy will stay. That’s the end of that then.

    • David Rutherford says:

      Not that there was a cat in hell’s chance of him staying anyway but at least now we know for definte he’s not.

  8. Marc Corby says:

    As you know Chris, I’m at a good friends wedding tomorrow so I think I have a decent excuse not to go. Thankfully.
    Our season was summed up in 5 seconds last week: from our own corner we found our keeper in 3 passes. Diabolical. clueless. Sick.

    pardew has clearly lost the players and now the supporters. It will be nasty tomorrow on the terraces and I’m glad I’m not there to hear or see it.

    Roll on the world cup (I can’t believe I’m actually thinking that!)

  9. Gary says:

    Pigeons racing today ,hopefully be there time for change last 2 seasons have been abysmal

  10. mikey says:

    aye. I’ve jacked in until Ashley has gone. Just can;t support this regime anymore. I’m not going back till he’s gone (may go to a couple of away games here and there though).

    I will, however, be organising and agitating for his departure. I’m prepared to do a lot towards this and am tannin to try and get more involved with MAOC etc….

    Not abandoning the club, just does;t feel like our club anymore ….that will change though.

    He’ll be gone one day.