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    Newcastle backed for huge victory in relegation six pointer


    Newcastle United have been backed to beat Swansea in the relegation six pointer this weekend, with the club looking at getting further away from the drop zone.

    It’s been a frustrating time for manager Rafa Benitez, with the transfer window certainly something that’s caused him a fair headache given Mike Ashley has been difficult to get funds out of, and it seems that there will be some respite at least for now, with the Magpies favourites to beat Swansea this weekend.

    That’s according to the BBC’s Mark Lawrenson, who also admitted it’s hard for Rafa this January.

    He said to BBC Sport: “Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is still trying to bring players in – but might have to face up to the fact that this is going to be a frustrating month for him and just get on with things.

    “Even if they don’t sign anyone, I would still give the Magpies more hope of staying up than Swansea.

    “Swansea also need new players but I don’t know who they will be able to sign that could make a difference and, from the sounds of it, neither does their new manager Carlos Carvalhal.

    “If Rafa thinks he has it hard, then he should probably ask Carvalhal what he is thinking at the moment.”


    Big game

    It will be a huge game for the club, and their manager, but there are other issues.

    The takeover bid that Newcastle fans were hoping for is still being discussed and it seems that the club could well have another investor on the table – but Benitez is concerned with the here and now, and that means bringing in players this winter, and knows that he may well have to resort to taking players on loan in order to make that happen for the club.

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