Beleaguered Newcastle could hardly have asked for a worse opponent than Swansea as they attempt to bag their first win of a depressing campaign.
Why? Because when it comes to those in dire need of points, the Welshmen are some of the worst benefactors around.
Last season they rode all over the relegated sides, beating Fulham, Cardiff and Norwich to nil on home soil and smashing Aston Villa and Sunderland for four.
They’ve carried on where they left off this term too, thriving on Burnley’s post-Chelsea vertigo for their second victory of the season before spanking a West Brom still ailing from last season’s agues.
Garry Monk’s side are the 10/11 favourites for maximum points when they entertain the Magpies, with the demoralised visitors 3/1 for victory and a draw 12/5.
Newcastle’s form this term suggests their just the kind of rabbits upon whom the Swans like to feast, with three losses and three draws to their names so far this term.
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The Liberty Stadium outfit’s love of establishing a possession monopoly is tailor-made to wear down the fragile confidence of opposition languishing in the lower reaches of the form table.
In 2013/14 Monk’s men were one of the harbingers of the dire run of form that has dogged Newcastle all the way through this year.
They subdued the visiting Tynesiders in early December despite both Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy featuring in the XI, hogging 65 per cent of the orb in the process.
By the time spring sprung and Alan Pardew’s troops were deeply mired in the ensuing slump, even the rigours of a Europa League-ravaged campaign were not enough to prevent the Swans doing the double.