Swansea vs Newcastle preview, betting tips and predictions: Swans to break Magpie resistance early and take three points
Swansea to win in both halves @ 3/1 with Coral
Score draw @ 10/3 with Coral
Swansea win and under 2.5 goals @ 15/4 with Coral
Swansea City may have sold arguably their two best players this summer, but may still have come out looking stronger under Paul Clement. Not only did the former Bayern Munich assistant manager re-sign striker Wilfried Bony for the club, but he also went searching at his former club for possibly the most stunning signing of the summer. Midfielder Renato Sanches, voted the best young player at Euro 2016 which he won with Portugal, joined on loan from the German giants.
As a result, the Swans come into their clash with Newcastle off the back of a lot of positivity, which cannot be said for their opponents. Despite believing the club would bring some players in late in the window, manager Rafa Benitez was left frustrated once again as his demands were not met. Many believe the squad isn’t strong enough to survive this season, but they do head to South Wales off the back of a convincing 3-0 over West Ham.
Newcastle have struggled at the Liberty Stadium traditionally, only winning one of their visits in the Premier League era. Clement’s side are also in good form having beaten Crystal Palace last time out, and our betting tips are backing them to continue that here. Benitez may not have the squad he would like, but he has instilled a defensive organisation not usually synonymous with the Magpies. They will keep their shape and frustrate Swansea, looking to push forward on the break with the pace out wide of Christian Atsu, Rolando Aarons or Jacob Murphy. They will also welcome Jonjo Shelvey back from suspension, and he could get more space to create chances if Swansea are pushing forward.
Because Newcastle will sit in and attempt to frustrate, it may play out a lot like their defeat to Huddersfield, hence the backing of under 2.5 goals, but they traditionally struggle to come back from a goal behind, meaning if Swansea score in the first half they will likely win the game – 3/1 is an extremely generous offer from Coral.
Backing Bony to score on his second debut is not a bad idea at all, and his odds are at 14/5 to score in a Swansea win. Dwight Gayle could return to the side in the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic’s absence, and he is at 10/3, while Joselu is at 7/2 after his goal against West Ham. All of these odds are with Coral.
Key battle: Kyle Naughton vs Christian Atsu
It has been a mixed start to the season for Newcastle to say the very least, but Christian Atsu has been a revelation. The Ghana international has struggled throughout his career but appears to have found a real home. He will be Newcastle’s most dynamic threat because, as previously mentioned, Benitez is looking to play on the counter attack as much as possible.
It will be Kyle Naughton’s job to keep him quiet, but as proven against Crystal Palace, the Swansea fullback does like to go forward. The extra factor in this battle is how short Newcastle are behind Atsu at left-back. Paul Dummett is definitely out and his stand-in until now, Chancel Mbemba, may have picked up an injury on international duty. Both Naughton and Atsu will have to be disciplined, but the game could well be decided down Swansea’s right-hand side.