Newcastle United v Swansea City

Match Previews

Newcastle will be looking to extend their winning run to three matches then they take on Swansea City at St James' Park on Saturday.

The Magpies have moved clear of the relegation zone in recent weeks after Rafa Benitez’s side recovered from their mid-season slump.

After nine games without a win, Newcastle have now won three of their last five and confidence is high in the north east.

If results go their way they could move back into the top 10 and Benitez will be boosted by the return of goalkeeper Rob Elliot and defender Chancel Mbemba. Elliot has recovered from a thigh injury while Mbemba is over his knee problem, but the game comes too soon for Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jesus Gamez and Florian Lejuene.

Swansea come into the contest in poor form after picking up just one win in their last five matches. Carlos Carvahal won his first game in charge against Watford but the Swans have since lost to Tottenham and being held to a draw by Wolves in the Fa Cup.

The former Sheffield Wednesday coach will need to assess both Renato Sanches and Tammy Abraham before kick-off as they try to overcome hamstring and hip injuries respectively.

Right-back Angel Rangel will miss the game due to a calf strain, but Ki Sung-yeung and Leon Britton have recovered from a similar issue. Midfielder Leroy Fer is back after suspension and Swansea will be trying to stop Newcastle winning their third successive game against them.