Swansea fans have had plenty to say ahead of the visit of Newcastle United.
Going through their comments, it is fair to say they are looking forward to ‘welcoming’ Jonjo Shelvey back to the Liberty Stadium.
It will be his first time back at Swansea since joining Newcastle in January 2016 but a lot of resentment remains, we wait to see whether Rafa brings him straight back in after suspension.
Swansea fans are keen to give Shelvey grief and also believe that they now have far better quality in their midfield.
Indeed the general belief appears to be that after the transfer window they have a far better team overall, despite losing talisman Sigurdsson.
As for Newcastle though, they tend to see sub-standard players/team and point to Mike Ashley’s failure to back the manager – the ‘Fat Spanish Waiter’ though does get grudging respect, with some Swansea fans seeing a tricky game against a well organised Rafa Benitez team – though others are predicting five and six goal hammerings for Newcastle…
Swansea fans commenting via their top ‘The Jack Army’ message board:
‘Another 3 points for the mighty Swans.
The bar codes are our bunnies.
Go get em boys!!!!’
‘Will kojak be back? Might have a cheeky chant…
“Get into him…’
‘Really hoping he (Shelvey) will be back for our game. Would love to see him struggling against the quality midfield we’re putting together.’
‘Another must win game, this is where we need to get our points, any points gained against the top teams is a bonus.’
‘Watched MOTD and they played a good game (v West Ham).
One bonus a retrospective ban for Mitrovic, dirty snide…, elbowed the West Ham lad off the ball when the ref wasn’t looking.’
‘Shame… They may put someone good on instead of him!’
‘3-1 to Swansea; Newcastle are awful and West Ham are playing like we did under Bobo so they make anyone look good.’
‘I will take a 1-0.
The fat Spanish waiter rarely puts out an under-prepared side, and you can bet he will have done a thorough job in analysing our strengths and weaknesses in the two weeks he has to prepare.’
‘Huge 3 points for the Swans. Echoing above, these are the points the boys can’t afford to drop.’
‘We better turn up coz I live up in Newcastle now but they really r rubbish.
Watched them play Forest in Carabao Cup and as soon as they took the lead after 3 mins they just fell apart and Forest could have finished them easily.
Still it’s a crunch game for both clubs and why not, we’ve got that first win and it’s a good start to season even if it’s not looked pretty.’
‘So glad we didn’t go in for Mitrovic, after Shelvey’s red card you’d think they’d keep their heads but that elbow was just madness and he’s too dumb to realise he’s being filmed from 10 angles.’
‘The international break has come at the wrong time. A week of solid and uninterrupted training after the Palace win would have put us in a good position for another three points. Instead it perhaps gives Newcastle an opportunity to regroup in terms of team morale, transfers and general squad unity.’
‘One chorus of jeers and Jonjo’s head will be completely gone. Let’s hope he starts.’
‘With Fabianski, Olsson, Abraham, Ayew & new boy Sanches away until the middle of next week it doesn’t help our cause, not sure how many Newcastle players are involved with their country but doubt there will be that many so will give Benitez some time to work on things with his squad.
However with the return of our prodigal son & the prospect of seeing some if not all of our summer signings the Liberty fans will be relishing this game which is being shown live worldwide.’
‘Newcastle had a chance to regroup last year under a quality manager and come back stronger than ever but their owner has completely done them over.
They bought no one who is proven at this level and no big name either to help them stay up.
The fact they are relying on Gayle & Mitrovic to score goals and Jonjo as their captain is insane.
If their owner had spent some money they might have just squeaked 17th but I don’t see anything above 19th for them at this rate.’
‘Ashley should just put the club up for sale, let someone else have a go but it’s going to take a lot to rebuild that team up to PL standard again.’
‘6 – 0 swans win
Bony x 3, Sanches, Ayew, Abraham.’
‘It’s been a while since we were flush with midfield strength (depth) so I for one am terribly excited by the prospect. Clucas, Mesa, sanches, bony, ayew & tams. My goodness.’
‘I may even put a cheeky tenner on +5 goals…’
‘Newcastle is ripe for picking right now but this could give us a false sense of security. The Swans need to get on the front foot right away and go to goal in the first 10-15 minutes, that would be great. With the additions and Newcastle on being in a little bit of disarray, I will go 3-1 to the Swans.’
‘Newcastle fans always travel in good numbers, luckily for them they have a great view from our Liberty away end unlike us at St James Park where you need an oxygen mask just to reach your seat & a telescope to view the game.
Can see this being a tight affair, we are yet to be firing on all cylinders particularly as an attacking force whilst the visitors boast a decent defensive record.
Whatever happens am sure there will be a good atmosphere prior to kick off, with the Toon in good voice & Swans fans keen to welcome our latest exciting loanee signing from Portugal.’