Swansea – Newcastle Utd 02.03.2013
Swansea fans will have a celebration time after their team won Capital One Cup last Sunday at Wembley.
The Swans played an excellent match and won 5:0 against lower division Bradford. Nathan Dyer was double scorer, just as Jonathan de Guzman. The fifth goal was scored by the best striker Michu. The atmosphere in the team is very positive, the players confidence are high. By the way, that was the third consecutive match that finished with 5 goals.
Swansea is almost complete for this match, only the goalkeeper Michel Vorm is rated as doubtful with flu.
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Newcastle improved the form since the January transfer window when some new French faces joined the team (Sissoko, Haïdara, Gouffran, Yanga-Mbiwa, Debuchy). They won three of the last four matches in the Premier League. Additionally, they managed to eliminate Metalist Kharkiv in UEFA Europe League. However, something else is important for my pick – the last three matches in Premier League were efficient.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has no important missing players, only the captain Fabricio Coloccini is doubtful with a back injury. The positive news is that Hatem Ben Arfa may feature for the first time since December.
I expect a tremendous atmosphere at Liberty Stadium before the game. The home fans will give big support to the players, but at the same time they will ask for the victory. The players are full of confidence and I believe they will attack the opponent. Michu has scored 15 goals in the Premier League this season, 19 in all competitions. But Newcastle is dangerous team, they scored 8 goals on the last three games. I believe they are able to score at liberty Stadium too. That is why I am expecting at least four goals on this match.