Could battle between Jonjo Shelvey and Mehdi Abeid decide the outcome of Newcastle's clash with Swansea?

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Newcastle United are desperate for a win, while Swansea City are looking to break their record Premier League points total.

Newcastle United host Swansea City this weekend in a big game for both sides, but for very different reasons. 

The home side are in woeful form, with John Carver desperate for a win to ease fears of relegation - which have mounted again after the Magpies previously recovered from a poor run of results at the start of the campaign to build momentum under former boss Alan Pardew.

They have lost six consecutive games in the Premier League and it has left them just seven points above the drop zone, and though they are odds on to stay in the division, a win would certainly be welcome for a side that has struggled under their current coach.

For Swansea City, they are still chasing their record points total in the Premier League, and this weekend can see them break that with a draw - although they can also hit the 50-point mark and keep up their pursuit of an eighth place finish.

One key battle to decide the outcome of the game could be in the midfield between Jonjo Shelvey and Mehdi Abeid, but let's see how they compare against one another:

  PositionTeamTackles AccuracyBig Chance CreatedPassing AccuracyDuel Won GAMEGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Jonjo Shelvey MF Swansea 78% 1 78% 2.93 3 27 2,106
Mehdi Abeid MF Newcastle 76% 0 82% 3.64 0 11 632

Shelvey has played substantially more football for the Swans this season compared to Abeid, so a couple of the statistics are arguably skewed - though Shelvey would average a little more on the goal front, while he has a higher tackling accuracy.

But Abeid's more prolific attributes seem to come from relishing a battle, highlighted by the fact he gets through more duels per game, and that he likes to keep things ticking over in the middle of the park with a higher passing accuracy - rather than looking for that killer ball.

It looks as though if it's a physical battle, Abeid could get the better of his opponent, but if he gives Shelvey time and space, there is a chance Newcastle will be punished.

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