Newcastle United welcome bottom side Swansea on Saturday and will be looking to record another good result in order to continue their escape towards middle of the table.
After poor run of form during December, Newcastle welcome Swansea with defeat only to leaders Manchester City in last four league games. They managed to record two away wins against West Ham and Stoke, and were held to scoreless draw by Brighton.
With 16 points from 22 games, Swansea are sitting at the bottom of the table, alongside West Brom. They lost 4 of their last 6 league games, but to be honest, they had some difficult games. Games they lost in last six rounds were against some of league’s top sides, so losing to Manchester City, Liverpool or Spurs doesn’t look like big deal. Fourth defeat in last six games was away at Everton, and ‘positive’ results were draw against Crystal Palace, and away win at Watford.
Although they sit at the bottom of the table, and are one of the candidates for relegation, Swansea shouldn’t be such underdog against Newcastle. Although Newcastle improved lately, they are by no means side which should be odds-on against anyone in this league, so value definitively lies with visitors in this match.
Swansea seems to know how to play against struggling teams, and Newcastle are surely not world beaters, so ‘surprise’ is not impossible in this match.
Recommended bet: Swansea to win @4.80, stake 2/10