Teams drifting in opposite directions meet tonight at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea City, sitting 13th in the Premier League after winning one of their last five, hosting the surging Newcastle United.
With four straight wins, the Magpies are the hottest team in the Premier League, their November surge pushing the club to sixth place, one point off a Champions League spot. Perfect since shifting formations after the team’s Oct. 27 loss to Sunderland, Alan Pardew will again play this two-striker setup, with Shola Ameobi complementing Loïc Rémy, who has scored eight of Newcastle’s 19 goals.
For the Swans, a team without their top two scoring options (Michu and Wilfried Bony), 22-year-old Álvaro Vázquez gets his fourth start of the season up top, with Swansea hoping to end a 190-minute scoreless run.
Kickoff in Wales is at 2:45 p.m. Eastern, with live streaming available via NBC Sports Live Extra.
Swansea City: Michel Vorm; Dwight Tiendalli, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies; José Cañas, Jonathan de Guzman; Álex Pozuelo Jonjo Shelvey, Pablo Hernandez; Álvaro Vázquez
Substitutes: Gerhard Tremmel, Jordi Amat, Neil Taylor, Leon Britton, Wayne Routledge, Roland Lamah, Nathan Dyer
Newcastle: Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Wililamson, Fabio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Chiek Tioté, Yohan Cabaye, Yoann Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loïc Rémy
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haïdara, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cissé