Swansea manager thinks he will be facing Newcastle players with ‘quality in their game’ on Saturday.

Carlos Carvalhal claims NUFC ‘have a lot of good players’ but his bottom of the table team are ready to go ‘toe to toe with them’.

The Swansea boss though sees quality throughout the opposing team, saying Newcastle ‘have attacking players who are very good in one-on-one situations, there are full-backs with pace and good centre-backs.’

However, he has picked out two Newcastle players for special mention.

Carvalhal says Newcastle have ‘good players like Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame in the middle, especially Shelvey who is a very talented player.’

Interesting choice as despite doing better recently, Mohamed Diame has been pretty poor throughout his time at Newcastle, whilst Shelvey was very good last season in the Championship but has rarely imposed himself this season.

Newcastle have faced Swansea twice since Jonjo Shelvey moved to Tyneside and he came on as a sub for the final 24 minutes of Newcastle’s 3-0 win in the relegation run in of 2015/16 and was an unused substitute in September when the Magpies won 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

With more or less a full squad (Mitro, Lejeune and Gamez injured) to choose from tomorrow, interesting to see what Rafa Benitez goes for in a vital game.

Carlos Carvalhal:

“Newcastle have a good team, they are very good in offensive transitions, so when they get the ball they are very fast, so that makes them probably more dangerous when they play away because of that speed.

“They have quality in their game, they have good players like Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame in the middle, especially Shelvey who is a very talented player.

Jonjo Shelvey is a player with an important dynamic in the way that he plays.

“He is a very good passer, he controls the tempo and he is a player with a good impact in that team.

“A player with a very good influence on the attacking dynamic of Newcastle, but not just him, they have a lot of good players.

“They have attacking players who are very good in one-on-one situations, there are full-backs with pace and good centre-backs.

“They are a good team, but even good teams have weaknesses, and we will go toe-to-toe with them, of this I am sure.

“In all three games (since Carlos Carvalhal arrived at Swansea), the players have played exactly as I wanted in that moment.

“The most important thing right now is that we are competitive in every game and we have been so far.

“At Newcastle we will try to use all the good things we have at the moment and we will try to hide the weaknesses we have.

“They are a good side with good players and good organisation, and they will have a good crowd behind them.

“It’s not a decisive game for us but of course it’s a very important game. All the games are important for us now.

“We will try our best to make sure we can win the game. We will always fight for three points, we don’t go anywhere to try to draw.

“We have respect for the quality they have but we will fight for the win – let’s see what happens at the end.”

Newcastle v Swansea Match Betting:

Newcastle win 10/11Draw 12/5Swansea win 19/5

Newcastle win 3-1 19/1Shelvey to score first goal 12/1Gayle to score in both halves 22/1

All Newcastle v Swansea betting HERE

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  • Wor Lass

    The Swansea chairman will be livid to see someone praising Jonjo – he`s rubbish, apparently.

    • TheNutJob

      i`ve got Moose`s bet if you want to know it

      • Wor Lass


  • TheNutJob

    Jonjo is class, he has a problem that when he passes the ball forward to the strikers they either make a real mess of it or pass it back to him.
    buy a striker who knows what he`s doing then you will see the full potential of Shelvey. the idiots at Newcastle are daft enough to exchange him for Hoss Mk II

    • Tony Mann

      Jonjo may be ‘class’ but he’s also a loony.

      • Leazes

        That isn’t a barrier in many professions….. President of the USA…. Gazza wasn’t all there either.

        • Tony Mann


        • Tony Mann

          Candy floss wigs mean you can rule the world. Don’t ever discount the power of a syrup!

          • Leazes

            Its not a wig…. its scalp reduction surgery the bald patch skin is cut out pulled together and sewn up again…. that’s why his top lip looks petulant constantly.

          • Benmagpie

            That sounds horrible. Then again it is trump….

          • Jezza

            It’s also the most outrageously ridiculous looking comb-over of all time.

  • Paul Patterson

    Well, if you want Diame . .

  • Peaky Magpie

    I’ve noticed nobody is banging the door down for Colback….

    • Paul Patterson

      Boarding the door up more like . .

      • Peaky Magpie


  • Tony Mann

    No idea why Wednesday got rid of this guy – maybe the same reason Brum got rid of Gary Rowatt.

    • Danimal

      I live in Sheffield, although that is not required to be able to spot they are now only a few points off the relegation places. Personally I still thought he deserved more time but the Wednesday fans who pay hefty ticket prices to attend matches generally wanted him out ages ago. I think the opinion that matters is that of the fans. We all know how annoying it is when people on the outside tell us we should be grateful for Mike Ashley. Birmingham were 7th top when Rowett was dumped. You’re right, that looks a terrible decision now.

  • TheNutJob

    win tomorrow, shops shut for stocktaking & sales only

  • nufcslf

    The thing he got very wrong were using the wor ‘good’ (team/players, good things and good in general. There is nothing very good about each team. Has he not looked at the league table or is his up-side-down.

    • Wor Lass

      Reading this post, m8, I`m wondering if you`re a bit “upside-down”. Is it just after closing time where you live? Ha ha!!

      • nufcslf

        It is now and after looking back you might very well have a point. Just looked and the rotten barstuards have got the match on the pay per view channel here. Will have to listen to it now. Still think both teams are shyte and managers see something I am obviously missing. This could very well have a naught naught draw written all over it. Please prove me wrong…….

        • Wor Lass

          C`mon – we`re going to win today. Andy Gray and Richard Keys say so, so it must be true.

  • Wor Lass

    What, no new article for 14 hours now? Are you all on a “How to click-bait” course at the Lee Ryder Institute?

    • GToon

      I think we are all reaching the time in our relationship (with the club due to Ashley) where the shouting has stopped and the arguing too and we are sat quietly in our room, wondering what’s best for the kids (which team we should have got them to support), what to do with the photos of us in our replica kits from years ago….. don’t worry mate it will all kick in again after the match because unfortunately Newcastle is the habit/relationship none of us can kick!

      • Wor Lass

        Big day today but a real conundrum. If we win it`s great because we move up a bit and put a rival 9 points below us. We`re on a roll with a big cup game in the offing. Touble is, it could well convince Ashley (if he isn`t already) that we don`t need any fresh legs to see us over the line just above the relegation spots. Typical newcastle – if you win you lose!

  • GToon

    Shelvey is a good player and would be really good in a good team. As for Diame… well I would imagine he’s every opposing managers dream player when they see him on the team sheet. Something along the lines of “hey, Sanchez, you’re going to have a field day today mate. You’re up against Diame. Don’t worry if you lose the ball cos this bloke actually will give you it back.”

  • MadMag83

    Slightly worried as Wednesday beat us twice last season with this bloke in charge. Can see Ayew causing us problems.