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Opta Stats: Newcastle v Swansea

Can Rafa Benitez inspire Newcastle when they host Swansea?
Can Rafa Benitez inspire Newcastle when they host Swansea?
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Both Newcastle and Swansea are in need of points as they battle against relegation. Opta presents the tale of the tape.

"The Magpies have won their last two Premier League games against Swansea, having won just one of their first nine against them in the competition."

Newcastle are [1.98] to win again.

The Magpies have won their last two Premier League games against Swansea, having won just one of their first nine against them in the competition. Newcastle are [1.98] to win again.

The Swans have won three of their five Premier League visits to St James' Park (D1 L1) - at no away ground have they won more in the competition (also three at the Emirates, Selhurst Park, Villa Park and Craven Cottage). A Swansea victory is [4.8].

Newcastle haven't done the league 'double' over Swansea since the 1983-84 Second Division campaign - a season that saw them promoted to the top-flight, and Swansea relegated to the third tier. They are [1.4] in the Draw No Bet market.

Newcastle have won seven points from their last 12 available in the Premier League (W2 D1 L1), after a run that saw them pick up just one point from a possible 27 (W0 D1 L8). The draw half-time/Newcastle full-time double result is [4.9].

Swansea's win at Watford in their last Premier League away game ended a run of seven straight defeats on the road - they last won back-to-back away games in the competition in January 2017 (vs Crystal Palace and Liverpool). The Swans are [3.4] Draw No Bet.

38% of Rafael Benitez's home Premier League defeats as manager have come this season (6/16). Swansea are [2.0] Double Chance.

The Magpies haven't kept three consecutive Premier League clean sheets since November 2014 under Alan Pardew. Newcastle are [2.2] to keep a clean sheet.

Jamaal Lascelles has scored in both of his Premier League appearances against Swansea, including the winner in the reverse fixture. Those two goals account for 50% of his total strikes in the competition. Lascelles is [10.0] to score.

After scoring four goals in his first eight Premier League games for Swansea - which at the time accounted for 80% of their goals in the top-flight this season - Tammy Abraham has failed to score in his last 12 in the competition. You can back Abraham at [3.75] to get back on the scoresheet.

Ayoze Perez has scored three goals in his last two games for Newcastle in all competitions - more than he'd managed in his previous 21 combined (2). Perez is [3.5] to find the net.

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