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Premier League - Matchpack: Swansea v Newcastle
Team news, manager quotes, facts and figures ahead of the Premier League match between Swansea and Newcastle at the Liberty Stadium.
Michael Laudrup is set to return Ki Sung-yueng to his regular midfield role. The Korean played at centre-half in the Capital One Cup final win over Bradford, but Kyle Bartley or Garry Monk will partner Ashley Williams against the Magpies. Michel Vorm is likely to return in goal if he can shake off the flu while Neil Taylor is getting closer to a return from a broken ankle.Swansea City vs Newcastle United live|Watch Swansea City vs Newcastle United live streaming online.
Newcastle could be without captain Fabricio Coloccini. The Argentinian hurt his back during Sunday's 4-2 win over Southampton and is struggling to be fit for the trip to south Wales. January signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could take over at the back. Goalkeeper Rob Elliot will continue to deputise for Tim Krul, who is expected to be sidelined for up to five weeks by the ankle injury he suffered at Metalist Kharkiv last week, while winger Hatem Ben Arfa may travel despite being short of match fitness after recovering from a hamstring tear which has ruled him out since December 10.Swansea City vs Newcastle United live|Watch Swansea City vs Newcastle United live streaming online.
Michael Laudrup: "There might be a negative reaction after winning the cup - I hope not - but it's a possibility. I hope the players go out and play the best game of the season, because this is the first game after the cup final, we are playing at home in front of our fans with the cup on display, so I hope - but I don't know. The fact we are now in the Europa League next season has nothing to do with our Premier League form, because we didn't start the season thinking about Europe. We have 37 points and we know with a few more we are safe. But we've been competitive all season apart from against Liverpool so we can't stop now. I still think we can at least arrive at 50 points and do better than last season, to get more than 46, and finish better than 11th. We are ninth and if we want to stay there we need 50 points, so that's 13 points from our last 11. That should be possible, but we have some very difficult games and we have to compete, otherwise we could lose most of them."Swansea City vs Newcastle United live|Watch Swansea City vs Newcastle United live streaming online.
Alan Pardew: "We are much more aggressive in our play. We have tried to be aggressive all year, even with teams that perhaps didn't have the quality to play that way. We have always played on the front foot, as Manchester United and Arsenal proved, but ultimately, we didn't have enough to win those two games. I always enjoy it, but you don't want to have defeats. I don't like any time when we lose and we have had some tough weeks when I was looking at the squad and knew it wasn't good enough, not strong enough. It's difficult to go into games like that, so it's been nice this last few weeks to have a strong squad - strong enough - and not only that, but get results on top of that as well because it doesn't always go hand-in-hand. Your squad comes together, but it takes a while for it to click into gear. Fortunately, we almost hit the ground running when the new guys arrived."Swansea City vs Newcastle United live|Watch Swansea City vs Newcastle United live streaming online.
Swansea won three of their four Premier League games in March last season and boast the best winning record in March of any Premier League side (75%).
The Swans have lost just two points from leading positions this season, the best record in the top division.
The last two teams to win the League Cup (Liverpool and Birmingham) lost their first league games after lifting the trophy.
Newcastle have conceded exactly two goals in each of their last three games but have won two of those matches.
The Magpies have taken nine points from their last four matches after taking only seven from the previous 13.
Moussa Sissoko has scored three goals in four Premier League appearances.
The Swans have won none of the 14 games they have fallen behind in this season. However, they have managed to avoid defeat in six.
No team have used more players in the Premier League this season than Newcastle United (29).
Only Arsenal (7 games) and Swansea (5) have gone on to win all of the matches they have been leading in at half-time.
The Swans have made more clearances off the line than any other side (9).
Swansea 11/10 Newcastle 11/4 Draw 13/5