Newcastle United have won only one of their nine Premier League games against Swansea City going into Saturday’s crucial St James’ Park clash.
Newcastle will be without Daryl Janmaat after the defender picked up a groin injury and also broke two fingers after reportedly punching a wall at half-time against Southampton last weekend.
Fabricio Coloccini is also expected to miss out again for the Magpies, as will Tim Krul, Rob Elliot (both knee), Steven Taylor (muscle strain), Massadio Haidara (knee) and Kevin Mbabu (hip), but Jack Colback returns from suspension, while Paul Dummett has recovered from a hamstring injury.
Leon Britton is available again for Swansea having recovered from a back injury, but Jack Cork and Leroy Fer look set to continue in central midfield.
Alberto Paloschi should again get the nod over Bafetimbi Gomis in attack as Francesco Guidolin selects from a full-strength squad after a fourth win in six games last weekend, against Chelsea.
- Newcastle United have won just one of their nine Premier League games against Swansea City (W1 D2 L6).
- The Swans have lost none of their last four Premier League trips to St James Park, including winning the last three in a row.
- Papiss Demba Cisse has scored four goals in five Premier League appearances against Swansea.
- Swansea City have won just three of their last 17 Premier League away matches (W3 D5 L9).
- Newcastle have won just one point in their last seven Premier League matches (W0 D1 L6).
- On Christmas Day, Newcastle United (17 points) were two points ahead of Swansea City (15) after 17 games – since then, the Magpies have picked up just eight points in 15 games, while Swansea have won 25 points in 16 games.
- Newcastle’s 25 point tally after 32 games in their worst at this stage of a Premier League season; surpassing their previous lowest in 2008-09 (30 points) when they were relegated.
- Newcastle have conceded three or more goals in 10 Premier League games this season, a joint-league high with Aston Villa.
- Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored in nine of his last 14 Premier League appearances for Swansea (nine goals).
- The Icelandic midfielder’s tally of nine Premier League goals in 2016 is only bettered by Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane (11 goals each).