It is Newcastle v Swansea on Saturday and former Sunderland midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng is hoping to get his first chance under new boss Carlos Carvalhal.
He was out injured when Newcastle won at Swansea in September and has just returned to full fitness after picking up a calf injury in December.
The midfielder spent 2013/14 on loan at Sunderland but returned to the Welsh club in summer 2014.
Whilst Newcastle picked up seven points from their last twelve, Swansea were beaten by both Spurs and Liverpool, got a point at home to Palace, then were losing at Watford with four minutes to go and somehow ended up winning 2-1.
Ki Sung-Yueng thinks ‘the boys have done really well in the last few games’ even though they remain bottom of the table.
Newcastle are seven places and six points above Swansea and it has the look of a game where if Newcastle can win and go nine points clear with fifteen matches to go, it would be a massive step in ensuring that one club would be more or less guaranteed to end up below NUFC.
However, a win for the visitors and the gap reduces to only three points and Newcastle very much dragged back into battling for all positions at the bottom.
A win for Newcastle would mean 10 points out of 12 against fellow relegation contenders in the past three weeks, which is more than any of could have expected after a single point from 27 before that game at West Ham on Saturday 23 December.
Ki Sung-Yueng speaking to the official Swansea City site:
“It’s a big game for us at Newcastle.
“It will be tough, but we have to get points.
“If I get to play, I will do all I can to help the team as much as I can.
“We can go there and win but we have to be careful.
“We cannot always go forward and end up losing the game.
“I think the boys have done really well in the last few games.
“They have all made sacrifices for the team and now we have to maintain the standard against Newcastle.
“I had an operation in the summer, then I came back and felt stronger and played some games.
“Then I was unlucky to get injured (in December) but now I feel good, the same as before.
“Hopefully I can play some part this weekend.
“I feel good and I am looking to play under the new manager – it is up to him to make the decision on whether I am involved.”