The Prince of Denmark’s royal visit – Newcastle vs Swansea match preview

Posted on November 17th, 2012 | 18 Comments |

Michael Laudrup.
The supreme playmaker.
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sunday, 17th November.
Kick off: 3:00pm
Referee: Phil Dowd‎.
UK TV: None.

St James’ Park will be honoured to receive football royalty to St James’ Park as the greatest footballer of the 1990s, and indeed one of the greatest ever, Michael Laudrup, brings his Swansea City side to St James’ Park.

Unlike last week, this game should see an intriguing contrast of styles, as the elegant, flowing Swans are pitted against Pardew’s ugly ducklings, who are currently the Premiership’s biggest “route one” side.

St James’ Park welcomed back two old faces in our last game, Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll, with the former scoring the winning goal against us. This time it is the turn of Wayne Routledge, who, like Nolan, has flourished since he was thrown out on his ear and declared not good enough for Noocarrssell by our Silver Supremo back in January, 2011. However, under the expert guidance of the playmaker supreme, he has provided six assists for Swansea so far this season, as well as a couple of goals. His four Premiership assists so far are as many as Ben Arfa (2), Cabaye (1), Gutiérrez (0), Shola (0) and Demba Ba (1), not to mention his replacement, Gabriel Obertan (0) have managed collectively. So, like Nolan, he might well be a danger for us alongside his current partner in goalscoring crime, the £2 million bargain of the season and Swansea’s top hitman so far with six goals, Michu.

Current form.

Once again like the West Ham game, this should be a clash of two fairly evenly matched teams in terms of form so far this season. West Ham were the team who were one place above us until they won and elevated themselves to sixth in the table. This week, we meet the side who are currently one place and one point below us. So let’s take a looK!

Premiership form this season (most recent first)
10th Newcastle United |L|D|W|D|L|D|W|D|D|L|W| 14 pts
11th Swansea City |D|D|L|W|D|L|L|L|D|W|W| 13 pts

As you can see above, after a great start with a 5-0 drubbing of Q.P.R. and a very convincing 3-0 victory over West Ham after that, Swansea then fell into something of a slump after their third game, a very creditable 2-2 draw against Blunderland. After a three gane losing streak against Aston villa, Everton and Stoke, they picked themselves up again with a draw aginst Reading and a 2-1 win over Wigan, then a narrow 1-0 defeat to moneybags Man City. After knocking holders, Liverpool, out of the League Cup, their Premiership campaign continued with a very creditable 1-1 draw against Chelsea, followed by another 1-1 draw against Southampton, which brings us up to date.

Previous results against Swansea at SJP.

There aren’t really very many of these in recent times, just two this century! Of course, the two sides have moved in different circles until recent years. Our first league meeting of the Millenium came after Newcastle being relegated to the Championship in 2009, with Swansea eventually being promoted to the Premiership the year after us for the 2011/12 season. Below are the results of our two meetings at St James, with one in the Championship when the Swans were managed by Paolo Sosa, and more latterly, the one from last season under Brendan Rodgers.

2011/12: (Premiership) Newcastle United 0, Swansea 0.
2009/10: (Championship) Newcastle United 3 (Harewood 2, Lovenkrands), Swansea City 0.

Team news and squads.

Both teams have their fair share of injuries at the moment. Whilst Newcastle have more with no fewer than seven definitely out of contention, both sides will be missing some key players. Not least amongst those will be Ki, Sung-Yong, a reliable Korean runabout with a good engine who has started to justify his £6 million fee after acclimatising himself to life in the Premiership. Also, Tim Krul’s great Dutch International rival, Michel Vorm will also definitely be out for the visitors.

On the Magpie side, Fabricio Coloccini will serve out the second of his three match suspension for his straight sending off against Liverpool. One unusual situation is with Papiss Cisse, who is fit to play after the club withdrew him from a friendly between Senegal and Niger with an alleged back problem. Though Pardew has been insisting that the club informed the Senegalese F.A. that the player was unable to play, sending scans and everyting, on the other side, the Senegalese are also insiting that they received no such thing. Hence, they have threatened to invoke FIFA’s “five day” rule, which would ban the player from appearing for five days after he missed call up if it was decided that he was absent without a good reason, which would encompass this afternoon’s game. Meanwhile, Demba Ba was also withdrawn from the same game with a shin problem though he too is now fit to play. However, the Senegalese national side don’t seem to have a problem with that one. On another positive note, Cheick Tioté has now served out his three match Premiership ban, and will now be available for selection once again.


Newcastle United: Tim Krul (G), Steve Harper (G), Danny Simpson (D), Mike Williamson (D), Steven Taylor (D), Davide Santon (D), James Tavernier (D), Vurnon Anita (M, D), Shane Ferguson (M, D), Cheick Tioté (M), Gabriel Obertan (M), Sylvain Marveaux (M), Romain Amalfitano (M), Mehdi Abeid (M), Gael Bigirimana (M), Hatem Ben Arfa (M, F), Sammy Ameobi (M, F), Papiss Cisse (F), Demba Ba (F), Shola Ameobi (F).

Injured: Yohan Cabaye (stomach), Jonas Gutiérrez (knee), Rob Elliot (groin), James Perch (thigh), Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Dan Gosling (all knee),

Doubtful: Papiss Cisse (FIFA International “five day” rule dispute)

Suspended: Fabricio Coloccini (second of three).

Swansea City: Gerhard Tremmel (G), David Cornell (G), Ben Davies (D), Chico Flores (D), Ashley Williams (D), Angel Rangel (D), Alan Tate (D), Garry Monk (D), Dwight Tiendalli (D), Darnel Situ (D), Jonathan de Guzmán (M), Kemy Agustien (M), Leon Britton (M), Nathan Dyer (M), Mark Gower (M), Ashley Richards (M), Lee Lucas (M), Wayne Routladge (M, F), Pablo Hernández (M, F), Michu (M, F), Danny Graham (F), Leroy Lita (F), Luke Moore (F), Itay Shechter (F), Rory Donnelly (F).

Injured: Ki Sung-Yueng (hamstring), Kyle Bartley (thigh), Michel Vorm (groin), Neil Taylor (ankle).

Doubtful: Agustien (toe), Britton (knock), Flores (dead leg), Hernández (ankle)

Tactics, formations etc.

Formation wise, Swansea are usually defined as a 4-3-3, but to me it seems as if they can be very fluid, seemingly moving between something more like a 4-2-3-1 cum 4-4-1-1, depending on what the winger are up to. They could Michu in the centre of attack, flanked by Routledge and the Spanish international, Pablo Hernández, either that or he will be a very offensive midfielder (in the nicest possible way) just behind another striker. Another big player for the Swans, Jonathan de Guzmán will also probably drop in behind Michu in the centre of midfield, or alongside if Michu is working behind another striker, we shall see. However it pans out though, collectively, those players might be a big handful.

Forget the Brendan Rodgers style sterile tippy tappy in their own half. Laudrup was, and is, the quintessence of the passing game. However unlike Rodgers the pretender, Laudrup is the real thing. He has no time for possession merely for it’s own sake, it must be going somewhere, ie forward, and even if it leaves them more vulnerable at the back, we will almost certainly see a more attacking edge, and more chances falling to the Swans this time around.

Unless our Silver Supremo has undergone some kind of Damascene conversion since our last performance, we will probably start with a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 playing very deep, looking to dispossess opposition attackers and strike out on the break, too often by lumping big balls over the top of a huge chasm between the defence and the attack, then change when it doesn’t work out. If this is the case, let’s hope that the quality of players helps to bring us through our rather blunt tactics, as has often been the case in the past.

Finally, to remind all you Geordies out there who may have forgotten by now how football should be played, I am including a few videos below of Laudrup the great master when he was in his prime for teams such as Juventus, the original Barcelona “Dream Team” under Johan Cruyff, and Real Madrid.

Michael Laudrup – Four Dimensional Football.

Michael Laudrup – The Greatest Playmaker.

Michael Laudrup Dribble & Skill Compilation.


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18 Responses

  1. At least we know one side will try & play attractive football. Great videos of one of the true masters of the game. I would love to have that man in charge of the toon. We stand a good chance today. any more news on Cisse?

  2. Michael laudrup is twice the manager rogers was should be a much better game than last years which was not long after speedo r.i.p.
    on a lighter note good luck to you and yours. scfc forever

  3. Sammy J says:
    November 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

    “any more news on Cisse?”

    Sammy J, Newcastle were supposed to be finding out this morming if Cisse was ok to play, but I’m afraid I haven’t heard anything.

  4. “laudrup is twice the manager rodgers was”, that’s as maybe, but i bet he goes on to be 50 times the manager, pratdiNOla will ever be.

    what do you say about today’s game?
    swansea are capable of coming here and getting at least a draw.
    there’s no cabaye, collincini, and jonas is missing, which in all honesty, you cannot make your mind up, to whether, that’s good or bad.
    if we start slow, then the natives will get restless, and it could be a long afternoon.
    i’m going for another frustrating afternoon, with terrible football on display, from the “silver haired supremo”, and not having the ball for long periods, but battling our way to a draw.

    i was just looking at the skysports website, apparently pardew doesn’t care about styles of football, and doesn’t mind winning ugly.
    alan we would have never of guessed that, in a million years.

  5. Another good one worky – Cheers!

    I always knew that Laudrup was a great player, and his brother too. I didn’t realise how great he really was though until you started mentining him on here after he became the Swansea manager. I went to watch some videos of him on youtube including the ones here. There was one on there which was about 90 minutes long just of him passing the ball. I thought I’d watch a bit of it and ended up watching the whole thing from start to finish!


    On the game, I really do hope we’re better than last time whatever the result as watching that was like torture and I couldn’t sit through the whole thing.

  6. Few nervous rumblings amongst the fans here this afternoon, very interesting to see what happens if we lose which is very possible on recent performances!
    Wonder how much it would cost to lure Laudrup to us??!

  7. hoping for better today we can’t afford another loss especially after last week’s catastrophe!

  8. Clint Magnum says:
    November 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    “Wonder how much it would cost to lure Laudrup to us??!”

    After what Llambias said about Hughton, I don’t think he’d be “horrible” enough to work with the gruesome twosome Clint.

    They need a special kind of manager.

  9. BBC announced Cisse is out. What a balls up but at least there wont be the usual issues of him partnering Demba!

  10. Sammy J,

    Cisse’s definitely unavailable for selection for today’s game. He’s thrown a wobbler with Senegal over it too, saying he doesn’t know if he wants to be captain again.

  11. Thats just a lot of rubish.
    Swansea if you watch them are the same side they were last season and to suggest that Laudrup has done something miraculouss to change their style goes against reality.
    As a matter of fact he ran into resistence from the players by attempting to change the successful style developed by a combination of managers, Martinez and Rodgers.
    And just because of some personality likes and dislikes, plus a bit of hero worship, does’nt make it so.

  12. chuck says:
    November 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    “Thats just a lot of rubish.”

    No, I’m afraid it’s completely true Chuck, just ask a Swansea fan. Two of the players also came out and said that tabloid rumours about a dressing room revolt were made up shite too.

    You shouldn’t believe everything you read in the media ;-)

  13. Chuck,

    3. Andy says:
    November 17, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Michael laudrup is twice the manager rogers was should be a much better game than last years which was not long after speedo r.i.p.
    on a lighter note good luck to you and yours. scfc forever

    They know their football over there in the valleys. :-)