Newcastle United go into this match with 6 defeats on the trot, equalling a club record for the Premier League years. Coincidentally, Newcastle have failed to beat Swansea in the 6 out of the 7 encounters between the two teams in the Premier League. 

The Premier League record against Swansea reads:
P7 W1 D2 L4 F6 A12 

In all of those games so far, Pardew was manager for Newcastle. His win was against Brendan Rodgers whilst Laudrup had 3 wins, Monk having a win and a draw. 

Newcastle’s scorers against Swansea have all represented African nations at international level, Cisse (4), Shola (1) and Demba Ba (1).  The only African players to have played at senior level for their country in the squad are Cisse (suspended) and Tiote (injured) although both Abeid and Sammy have played for Algeria and Nigeria respectively at junior levels whilst Kemen was born in Cameroon. 

The last British player to score in this fixture was Wayne Routledge, wearing Swansea’s colours.

When Carver was appointed until the end of the season, he stated 8th place as his aim, the position occupied by Swansea. Defeat against Swansea would put Newcastle 15 points behind with 12 available. A draw would mean Newcastle could finish level on points with the Swans. Defeat would officially give him the 2nd worst ever losing run by a Newcastle manager, the record of 10 being held by the last coach to take over from a manager who had resigned.

Gary Monk is currently the highest placed English manager in the Premier League. If Swansea win against Newcastle, the only two English managers who could catch him this season are Former Newcastle favourites, Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew. 

Swansea have not won away by a margin of more than 1 goal in the league this season, Newcastle have not won at home by more than a 1 goal margin. 

With Ferrerya added to the squad, if Coloccini, Jonas play, this could be the first match ever when United have had 3 players on the pitch from the same non-European country. 

Referee Neil Swarbrick has refereed 26 league games in the top 2 flights this season. Of those, the only 2 to finish scoreless involved Liverpool. Swansea have met him in 5 away matches during his career, during which they have won 1 and lost 4. This will be Swarbrick’s 7th match at St James’ Park, with 3 home wins by a score of 1-0 and 2 home defeats, one by 2-0 and two by 4-0 and earlier this season a 2-2 draw with Hull. 

Last time Newcastle played Swansea was away, a 2-2 draw being 5th in a run of 7 that Newcastle had failed to win. Last season’s home match at Swansea was the 5th in a run of 6 defeats for Pardew, the away match being a defeat in a run of 9 undefeated games with 7 wins and one of only 2 home wins in 11 for Swansea, the other being against Sunderland. 

Swansea have not lost against North East opposition in 11 league games against North East teams since April 2012. Adding in the Capital cup victory over Middlesbrough on 12th December 2012 (12/12/12) that is a 12 game sequence before what could be unlucky 13.