Alan Pardew’s team finished fifth two seasons ago and just four points off the Champions League places, with the United manager now challenging his team to continue their strong form in December and make sure they make it a campaign to remember.
Sky Bet online offer odds of 13/5 about an away win at the Liberty Stadium, having triumphed at White Hart Lane as part of their four-match victorious run, while they will also benefit from not having to face Michu or Wilfried Bony on Wednesday night.
Michael Laudrup’s team appear to be paying the price for Europa League involvement this term, something with which Pardew can empathise considering it was his Newcastle team whose form suffered last season as the Magpies made headway in this competition.
Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium means that the Swans have landed just one victory in their past eight games, with the Welsh side sliding towards the foot of the division and they will be targeting at least four points from the next two matches against Newcastle and Hull City.
Laudrup has seen his team win just once at home all term in the Premier League, with William Hill offering a standout 6/5 that City are victorious in this match, with a late Luke Moore goal helping Swansea to all three points in the corresponding fixture last term.
However, the momentum is currently with Newcastle who have developed a winning habit and the presence of Loic Remy in the squad this term has made a big difference, with the Frenchman having bagged eight goals for the Magpies already.
Remy is a 7/1 chance to score the first of this encounter, although Yoan Gouffran has also been among the goals and has found the net in three of his past four games, with Remy’s compatriot available at an eye-catching 17/1 to break the deadlock.
There have been plenty of goals scored at the Liberty this season, with the Swans coming from two goals down to take a 3-2 lead against Stoke before conceding a late equaliser. Odds of 5/2 are available that this encounter ends all square, while bet365 offer 4/5 that there are Over 2.5 Goals in this contest.
The big problem for Laudrup is that scoring duties will fall to Spanish pair Alvaro Vazquez and Alejandro Pozuelo in the absence of his first-choice front two and neither of them have found the net this term, while Newcastle defence has improved immeasurably compared to some of the earlier performances.
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