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Some great news for Newcastle United ...the ass-hole Nil Ranger has left the club, good riddance to the waste of space.

A complete waste of a God given talent. I saw him play in his very early days at the Toon and he looked like he good be the real deal. Instead, he turned into a real cnut. As you say, Roy, good riddance

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Some great news for Newcastle United ...the ass-hole Nil Ranger has left the club, good riddance to the waste of space.

A complete waste of a God given talent. I saw him play in his very early days at the Toon and he looked like he good be the real deal. Instead, he turned into a real cnut. As you say, Roy, good riddance

Yup, a wannabe gangster who will eventually end up in the nick.

I swore blind I'd never go to a match if he was playing again.

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SWANSEA V NEWCASTLE UNITED

Ki Sung-yueng looks poised to return to Swansea's midfield, having played in defence in the League Cup final.

That means Kyle Bartley or Garry Monk will pair up with Ashley Williams at centre-back. Michel Vorm is likely to return in goal if he gets over the flu.

Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini is a doubt with a back injury, so Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could deputise.

Winger Hatem Ben Arfa may feature for the first time since suffering a torn hamstring on 10 December.

MATCH PREVIEW

This will be Swansea's first outing since the 5-0 Wembley win and there'll be a tremendous atmosphere before the game, but the reality of the Premier League will soon kick in against a seemingly resurgent Newcastle.

Alan Pardew's side have won three of their last four league matches, including a 3-2 home win over Chelsea and a 4-2 victory over Southampton last time out, to lift them six points clear of the relegation zone.

A 2-1 success at Aston Villa just over a month ago is their only away win of the season so far, but this is a team playing with renewed purpose and there wasn't much in it in my opinion when they lost at Tottenham the other week.

Ninth-placed Swansea will be looking to do the double over Newcastle and victory here will take them to 40 points already.

Their home record is solid, with only two defeats in the league at the Liberty so far this season, and Swansea's last three games have all featured five goals. Given the attacking nature of both of these teams, we could well be in for a decent game.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Swansea are bidding to do the double over the Magpies, having won 2-1 at St James' Park in November.
  • This is their 31st league meeting. Newcastle have dominated, winning 18 to Swansea's nine.

Swansea

  • The Swans have won only three times in their last 12 Premier League outings.
  • Swansea's record after going ahead is the best in the Premier League - a solitary draw representing their only dropped points this season.
  • The Swans' home record after 13 league games is identical to last year (W5, D6, L2).
  • Each of the last two League Cup winners have lost their next game: Liverpool losing 2-1 to Arsenal last year and Birmingham beaten 3-1 by West Brom in 2011.
  • Michu has 15 Premier League goals this season and 19 in all competitions after scoring in Swansea's League Cup triumph.

Newcastle

  • Newcastle have only won one of their last five league games on their travels but have lost just twice in their last eight games in all competitions.
  • The Magpies' win against Southampton last time out was the first time they have won a league game this season having conceded first.
  • They have only been involved in one goalless draw this season in the Premier League, against Norwich on 12 January.
  • Papiss Cisse's wonder strike against Southampton last weekend took his league tally this season to six.
  • If chosen, Newcastle's Gabriel Obertan will be making his 50th career Premier League appearance.
  • Moussa Sissoko has scored three times in his last three league games.
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bad day for toonies....

Well it was a bad result, but we played well especially in the second half and I thought we were unlucky to lose.

I still can't figure out why Pardew insists on playing Jonas ?

And what the hell is wrong with Tiote ? He's crap this season.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED IN EUROPE AGAIN THE NEET.

Anzhi Makhachkala. V NEWCASTLE UNITED

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse is out of Thursday's Europa League last 16 first leg match at Anzhi Makhachkala.

Cisse did not travel to Russia because of a virus, meaning Shola Ameobi had to be drafted into the squad.

"I didn't have any intention of bringing Shola," said Newcastle manager Alan Pardew. "[The Luzhniki Stadium] is a surface that he's been advised in the past not really to play on."

Defender Fabricio Coloccini (back) also stayed in Newcastle.

Winger Hatem Ben Arfa is in Russia and Pardew is hopeful he will play some part on Thursday.

Ben Arfa has not played since tearing a hamstring during the 2-1 Premier League defeat at Fulham on 10 December.

Pardew is expecting a tough encounter against a side that has the likes of ex-Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o and former Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra in their ranks.

"You need some luck, but you need a good technical game and you need to have the right mentality in the group. I think our mentality is strong," said Pardew.

"This tie is going to be close and I think the result here will have a huge reflection on St James' Park because that is an advantage for us, that the second leg is there, for sure."

Injured goalkeeper Tim Krul (ankle) has remained in Newcastle, but youngsters Jak Alnwick and Adam Campbell are in the squad.

Anzhi manager Guus Hiddink feels his side will play with no pressure, having already achieved their pre-season target of reaching the last 16.

He said: "We are very happy, of course, that we have reached our aim that we set at the beginning of the season, to survive the winter-time in Europe.

"We got a good result against Hannover in the two games and then we are in the last 16 in Europe, which is a very good success.

"But having got there, we are so eager to see what we can do to make the next step. It's also good to see how our team is in comparison with teams who have the experience already of playing for many years in a tough league, plus sometimes Europe."

The Russian side have no major injury concerns ahead of the match, with Eto'o set to partner Willian in attack.

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Anzhi Makhachkala

  • 01 Gabulov
  • 02 Yeschenko
  • 05 Carlos
  • 37 Ewerton
  • 08 Jucilei
  • 14 Shatov
  • 18 Zhirkov
  • 25 Ahmedov
  • 85 Diarra
  • 88 Willian
  • 09 Eto'o

Substitutes

  • 22 Pomazan
  • 03 Gadzhibekov
  • 13 Tagirbekov
  • 15 Logashov
  • 16 Gonzalez
  • 19 Traore
  • 20 Smolov

Newcastle United

  • 21 Elliot
  • 05 Simpson
  • 13 Yanga-M'Biwa
  • 14 Perch
  • 35 Haidara
  • 04 Cabaye
  • 07 Sissoko
  • 08 Anita
  • 10 Ben Arfa
  • 22 Marveaux
  • 25 Obertan
Substitutes
  • 42 Alnwick
  • 03 Santon
  • 27 S Taylor
  • 20 Bigirimana
  • 24 Tiote
  • 23 Sh Ameobi
  • 49 Campbell
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