As reports of a takeover rumble on over the heads of Newcastle United staff and players, Rafa Benítez will have to rally his troops to build on their win at Stoke City last time out if they are to beat fellow strugglers Swansea City this weekend.

The Magpies coasted past Luton Town in their FA Cup third round encounter last weekend, but will have to be at full strength to beat a Weslh side seemingly buoyed by the arrival of new boss Carlos Carvahal.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Newcastle side it believes will start the game.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.

And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game.You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.

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