Why Rafa Benitez isn't at Newcastle United's game against Swansea

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Why Rafa Benitez isn't at Newcastle United's game against Swansea

Instead, it was left to Lascelles to get free at a corner and head the Magpies to their second straight win of an improving league campaign.

Here is everything you need to know about the clash at the Liberty Stadium.

The Newcastle team v Swansea has just been confirmed. Swansea now have one more point than Newcastle, having won four points from the opening three games.

Wilfried Bony opened the scoring for the home side before Papiss Cisse levelled the scores.

Swansea began the second half in livelier fashion with Elliot required to block a smart near-post volley from Tom Carroll.

Alan Pardew was sacked by Newcastle a couple of months later. Maybe that was always going to be the case because of the level of expectation that accompanied the news that he had moved to the Liberty Stadium on a season-long loan deal from Bayern Munich.

After opening with a 0-0 draw at Southampton, Swansea were blown away by Manchester United in their first home game - but they picked some much needed confidence with a 4-1 League Cup win at MK Dons with their first Premier League win following a few days later away at Crystal Palace.

Why Rafa Benitez isn't at Newcastle United's game against Swansea
Why Rafa Benitez isn't at Newcastle United's game against Swansea

"That wasn't good enough but our shape didn't cause them enough problems".

Both those players are available to make their debuts on Sunday, while Jordan Ayew is also fit, despite missing worldwide duty with Ghana due to a stomach problem.

Sports Direct are the main independent supplier of soccer jerseys in the United Kingdom and the fact that three current and former Newcastle players appear in the top 30 suggest there is plenty of value for the Magpies being owned by Ashley's sportswear behemoth.

On the other hand, Newcastle will be facing another tough battle, most probably without manager Rafael Benitez.

The Magpies will play at home against Stoke City on Saturday in their next Premier League game.

But Benitez's absence didn't affect Newcastle's players, and captain Lascelles boosted the former Liverpool manager's spirits with his headed victor in the closing stages at the Liberty Stadium.

Paul Clement believes Swansea have a stronger squad now than the one which featured Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente.

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