Jordan Ayew On Target For Swansea In A Stalemate Against Newcastle United


The Portuguese masterminded a League Cup upset there in September 2015 when Steve McClaren was Newcastle manager and he repeated that 1-0 win against Rafael Benitez's side in a Sky Bet Championship fixture on Boxing Day 2016. Although the Magpies may be sat 13th in the Premier League table, Benitez's side only remain two points adrift of the drop zone.

The result left the Magpies, who had made a bright start to the season, in 14th position on 23 points from as many games, only three more than 18th-placed Stoke City who have a game in hand as they visit Manchester United on Monday.

I'm the only person that predicts Rob Elliot will return between the sticks, Roy's the only one expecting to see Chancel Mbemba in the squad.

Aleksandar Mitrovic, Florian Lejeune and Jesus Gamez are still sidelined.

Swansea manager Carvalhal has fond memories of his two previous trips to Tyneside as Sheffield Wednesday boss. It is not just the philosophy, it is trying to achieve points.

Swansea are now six points adrift of Newcastle, who have climbed up to 13th place after winning two and drawing one of their last four league games. After seeing Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente move on last summer, Swansea's major problem this year has been a lack of creativity in the final third.

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"Can he score more goals? Yes".

The former Sheffield Wednesday coach will need to assess both Renato Sanches and Tammy Abraham before kick-off as they try to overcome hamstring and hip injuries respectively.

Newcastle kicked off having not won a league game at St James' Park since they beat Crystal Palace on October 21, and did so in determined fashion as wide-men Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu pinned Swansea back.

- The Swans have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League games, conceding 20 goals in the process.

Tammy Abraham has now gone 15 games without scoring a goal.