Match Preview – Newcastle Utd v Swansea City

Saturday 17 December 2011 3pm

At the request of Gary Speed’s widow, Louise, the official St.James’ Park tributes have been held over until this match day.  Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones will perform the hymn ‘Bread of Heaven’, while fans in the East Stand will be asked to hold up black and white cards forming Speed’s number which he wore during his playing days at Newcastle.

This Saturday gives Newcastle United the perfect opportunity to get back on track with the visit of Swansea City.

With only two points out of a possible twenty one on their travels and eighteen goals conceded, we are backing United to take full advantage.

Yes we had problems in the centre of defence at Carrow Road but even if Coloccini doesn’t make it, Newcastle should surely have too much going forward to be undone by missing centre-backs.

With Ba, Ben Arfa, Best, Jonas, Cabaye and (despite him becoming a bit of a scapegoat to some) Obertan, the home side must be expected to control the possession.

The possible return of Tiote would naturally be a massive help but also Jonas’ workrate will help to negate the threat of Swansea’s best player, right winger Nathan Dyer.

The suggested bets with betting partner BET365 this week are heavily influenced by the belief that United will come out looking to make a point and get at the Welshmen from the first minute.

We are going for Newcastle taking the lead in the first half and still being ahead at the end which pays 7-4, plus United to win both halves which is an excellent 4-1.

A more speculative bet with BET365 is the 40-1 on offer for Ben Arfa to score any time in a 4-0 win, we feel he is due a change of luck and will score either as a starter or appearing as a sub to finish the job off.